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Retailers feel confused over new Scottish knife law

Scotland’s new non-domestic knife sales law comes into force on June first 2010. Meaning anyone in Scotland with a business dealing in certain knives and other knife-like objects and who does not have a Knife Dealer's Licence will be committing a criminal offence.

The law states that the articles covered by the licensing scheme are: knives (other than those designed for domestic use); knife blades (other than those designed for domestic use); swords; and any other article which has a blade or is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person.

Retailers are confused by what is defined by ‘domestic use’, the legislation does not define what is meant by "domestic", and the BHF-BSSA Group says retailers need clarification on several grey areas before knowing whether they need to apply for a licence or not.

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