This week Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, has introduced the new Offensive Weapons Bill, as we take further action to tackle serious violence.
So what will this new Bill mean?
1. Legislation to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses.
2. Making it harder for young people to buy knives and acid online, with sellers requiring rigorous age verification to prove those purchasing such items are over 18.
3. Banning the possession of weapons such as zombie knives, knuckle dusters and death stars, both in public and in private.
This matters because we are determined to do everything we can to prevent the sale and possession of dangerous weapons.
The Offensive Weapons Bill is a key commitment within our Serious Violence Strategy, and it will put tough legislation in place to make it harder than ever before for people to get their hands on dangerous weapons.
'Make it harder than ever before'
Sajid Javid said: "I never want these weapons to fall into the hands of our children and I am determined to do everything I can to prevent their sale and possession.
"This week I joined the brave officers policing our streets and saw first-hand what they are dealing with – I want to ensure they have the tools they need to keep these weapons out of our communities.
"The Offensive Weapons Bill – a key commitment of our Serious Violence Strategy - will put tough legislation into place and make it harder than ever before for people to get their hands on dangerous weapons."
The Bill forms part of the Government’s response to the recent rise in serious violence, set out in the £40m Serious Violence Strategy, which places a new focus on early intervention alongside robust law enforcement.
As such, existing offences of possessing a bladed article or offensive weapon on school premises has been extended to cover further education premises in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.