The Offensive Weapons Bill 2018
We’re still here!
On 20th June 2018, the Government published its Offensive Weapons Bill – the first step to creating a new Act. The provisions set out in the Bill will become law when the Act is passed. That hasn’t happened, yet, but it will.
The headlines of the Bill are set out on this page.
…with the full text of the Bill available here.
The Bill is set for its second reading in the Commons on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th June.
Significantly, for Heinnie Haynes, this Bill, when implemented, will affect the way that we work and trade. It will affect the way that you buy knives. One of the provisions in the Bill is that we will no longer be able to deliver bladed items to residential addresses. This means no more home delivery for knives and bladed tools. We appreciate that this is a big deal – it’s fundamentally the biggest change in the way that we work during the 22 years that we’ve been in business.
This is not the end of the road for us. Your non-knife parcels will be delivered to your home as before, and we have a plan in place to be able to deliver your knife orders to your local collection point (details to follow). Of course it’s not as useful as having your parcels delivered to your front door, but it’ll save you waiting in for deliveries. In most cases, we’ll be able to offer next working day delivery on those orders.
During the stages of this consultation prior to publication of the Bill, we’ve had very many fruitful conversations with a great many of you. We thank all of you who’ve contributed, both in below-the-line comments on our blog and FB feed, and by engaging with their MPs. We’re heartened that some of your comments to the consultation seem to have been listened to. Of course there are very many others which appear to have been ignored. We still have time to lobby our MPs until the law is enacted.
One of our suppliers has set up a petition to challenge the updated law. Here’s the link to the petition to Remove article 15 of the Offensive Weapons Bill.
With thanks for your custom over the past 22 years, and looking forward to the future together.