Offensive weapons

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on offensive weapons. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Information on weapons held by the armed forces can be found under defence equipment and procurement, and information on legally-held weapons under firearms.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
06.06.2013Knives and offensive weapons
This note summarises the legislation which governs the possession and sale of knives and other offensive weapons. It includes an overview of recent developments such as the Tackling Knives Action Programme and Brooke Kinsella's review of anti-knife crime projects.
06.11.2012Knife crime statistics
The issue of knife related crime continues to be high on the political agenda due to a series of tragic knife related incidents. This note summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime.
30.01.2012Firearm Crime Statistics
This Standard Note summarises statistics relating to crimes recorded by the police in England, Wales and Scotland in which firearms were reportedly used.

Research Papers

DateDescription
17.06.2005Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 of 2005-06)
The Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/49

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
14.08.2009Knife crime.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
20.05.2009Knife crime.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
17.03.2011KNIFE SALES ON THE INTERNET
That this House is deeply concerned at the numerous UK-based Internet companies such as Blade Bargains, Whipperleys, The Hermit's Grotto, World Knives Ltd and Defenderknives.com which ...
20.07.2010SALE OF KNIVES ON eBAY
That this House notes that last week eBay relaxed restrictions on the type of knives that it sells; furthernotes that this makes certain types of knives previously banned more accessible ...
09.06.2009GUN AND KNIFE CRIME AND SERIOUS FEATHER'S THINK TWICE VIDEO
That this House recognises that young people are most likely to be the victims of gun and knife attacks; believes that whilst everyone must be part of the solution, young people are ...
16.03.2009SHOOTING ATTACKS IN GERMANY AND THE US
That this House expresses its great shock and sorrow at the loss of life in the recent shootings in Germany and the US; and calls on the Government to remain vigilant to protect UK ...
02.03.2009HASSAN NUR KUL HAWADLEH
That this House expresses its sorrow and anger at the needless death of Hassan Nur Kul Hawadleh, son of the last Prime Minister of Somalia, the late Mohammed Hawadleh; further expresses ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses