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Sharpening the Knife: A critique of the criminalisation of bladed articles.

Clough, Joanne (2013) Sharpening the Knife: A critique of the criminalisation of bladed articles. [Other]

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Abstract

In terms of weaponry, the knife is a particularly straightforward item to acquire and relatively simple to conceal. This seemingly innocent household tool, a necessity for many domestic chores, can nevertheless have devastating consequences if put in the wrong hands. Over the past 60 years, Parliament has become ever more concerned with the use of bladed articles in criminal offences and, as a result, has introduced a range of increasingly authoritative legislative measures, with the aim of regulating not simply the possession of offensive weapons and knifes, but also the sale of such items. Supplementary investigative measures were also created, designed to make the detection and prosecution of those in possession of knives more efficient. This paper critically considers the rationale and development of the various statutory provisions that have been enacted throughout the past six decades, and questions whether the law has been effective in achieving its aim.

Item Type:Other
Keywords:Knife; bladed article; regulation; offensive weapon
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
ID Code:37364
Deposited By: Mrs Joanne Clough
Deposited On:10 Apr 2017 10:40
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:28

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