Publication - Consultation paper

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 - Scottish statutory guidance – draft: consultation

Published: 15 Nov 2021

This draft statutory guidance relates to certain provisions contained within the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 that extend to Scotland. We are seeking views on this draft guidance as part of the Scottish Government's statutory requirements under the 2019 Act.

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 - Scottish statutory guidance – draft: consultation
Annex A

Annex A

Specified Weapons

Section 141(1) of the 1988 Act provides that it is an offence to manufacture, sell or hire, or offer for sale or hire, expose or has in his or her possession for the purpose of sale or hire, or lending or giving to any other person certain specified weapons.

Article 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 provides that the following are specified weapons (other than weapons of those descriptions which are antiques) for the purpose of section 141:

a) a knuckleduster, that is, a band of metal or other hard material worn on one or more fingers, and designed to cause injury, and any weapon incorporating a knuckleduster;

(b) a swordstick, that is, a hollow walking stick or cane containing a blade which may be used as a sword;

(c) the weapon sometimes known as a "handclaw", being a band of metal or other hard material from which a number of sharp spikes protrude, and worn around the hand;

(d) the weapon sometimes known as a "belt buckle knife", being a buckle which incorporates or conceals a knife;

(e) the weapon sometimes known as a "push dagger", being a knife the handle of which fits within a clenched fist and the blade of which protrudes from between two fingers;

(f) the weapon sometimes known as a "hollow kubotan", being a cylindrical container containing a number of sharp spikes;

(g) the weapon sometimes known as a "footclaw", being a bar of metal or other hard material from which a number of sharp spikes protrude, and worn strapped to the foot;

(h) the weapon sometimes known as a "shuriken", "shaken" or "death star", being a hard non flexible plate having three or more sharp radiating points and designed to be thrown;

(i) the weapon sometimes known as a "balisong" or "butterfly knife", being a blade enclosed by its handle, which is designed to split down the middle, without the operation of a spring or other mechanical means, to reveal the blade;

(j) the weapon sometimes known as a "telescopic truncheon", being a truncheon which extends automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to its handle;

(k) the weapon sometimes known as a "blowpipe" or "blow gun", being a hollow tube out of which hard pellets or darts are shot by the use of breath;

(l) the weapon sometimes known as a "kusari gama", being a length of rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at one end to a sickle;

(m) the weapon sometimes known as a "kyoketsu shoge", being a length of rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at one end to a hooked knife;

(n) the weapon sometimes known as a "manrikigusari" or "kusari", being a length of rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at each end to a hard weight or hand grip;

(o) a disguised knife, that is any knife which has a concealed blade or concealed sharp point and is designed to appear to be an everyday object of a kind commonly carried on the person or in a handbag, briefcase, or other hand luggage (such as a comb, brush, writing instrument, cigarette lighter, key, lipstick or telephone);

(p) a stealth knife, that is a knife or spike, which has a blade, or sharp point, made from a material that is not readily detectable by apparatus used for detecting metal and which is not designed for domestic use or for use in the processing, preparation or consumption of food or as a toy;

(q) a straight, side handled or friction lock truncheon (sometimes known as a baton).

(r) the weapon sometimes known as a "cyclone knife" or "spiral knife" being a weapon with a handle, a blade with two or more cutting edges, each of which forms a helix, and a sharp point at the end of the blade[10].

A weapon is an antique if it was manufactured more than 100 years before the date of any offence alleged to have been committed in respect of that weapon under subsection (1) of the said section 141 or section 50(2) or (3) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (improper importation).


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