Following Royal Assent on 16 May, (details available on the Gov website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/offensive-weapons-act-receives-royal-assent )
The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 includes specific measures for knife offences, in particular making it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online, unless the seller has arrangements in place with the delivery company to ensure that the product would not be delivered into the hands of a person under 18.
The measures on knives in the Act also include:
- changing the legal definition for threatening with an offensive weapon to make prosecutions more straightforward;
- banning the possession of a knife on further education premises;
- updating the definition of a flick knife to reflect changing weapon designs;
- introducing new Knife Crime Prevention Orders to help the police target those most at risk of being drawn into serious violence, to set them on a more positive path.