Introduction to Gun’s Knives and the law
A lot of young people are concerned about violent crime and in particular gun and knife crime.
“I am truly against it and would love to help prevent it “ (16year old, Kent)
“I feel gun crime should come to a stop so more people stop dying” (14 year old, Trafford)
Quotes from NCH “Step inside our shoes” survey 2008
In an effort to prevent violence there are many different laws.
What is the law?
The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 says:
- You must be 18 years old or over to buy an air weapon.
- It’s a crime to give an air weapon as a present to anyone who is under 17 years old.
- Anybody under 17 shouldn’t be in the possession of an air weapon (loaded or unloaded) without being supervised by an adult aged 21 or over.
- It’s a crime to fire an air weapon within 50ft of a road.
- If you mess around with any firearm you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 7 years and be given an unlimited fine.
Did you know it’s a crime to carry a fake firearm? If you carry a BB gun, a toy gun or an airgun in a public place you could be arrested.
If you threaten anyone with a gun real or not and the Police are called you will be faced with a specially trained Armed Response Unit. Our Police Officers cannot tell what is real or not from a distance- so think about it- you may be messing around but you could be causing someone else to be frightened and putting yourself at risk too.
Don’t take the risk
Did you know :
- Possession of an offensive weapon , including knives in a public place is an offence for which you may be arrested and could land you in prison for up to 4 years?
- Possession of any blade / sharp point or offensive weapon on school premises is an offence for which you may be arrested.
- Police officers have the power to enter and search the school premises and anyone on the premises if they believe that this offence has been or is being committed
Lincolnshire is a safe place to live and thankfully we don’t have the problems that some of the big cities such as London and Manchester have but we need your help to keep this a safe county to live.
Some young people carry knives to protect themselves but if they do they still place themselves at significant risk of being injured or hurting someone else.
Click on the link for information about knife crime. Game Over For Knives website