Michael has reviewed the Government’s proposed new legislation on offensive and dangerous weapons with local knife maker Clive Witton.
The Sevenoaks MP recently visited Mr Witton’s workshop to learn more about the process of knife making. As a specialist knife-maker, Mr Witton is concerned that the new rules from Government will make it more difficult for craftsmen to send knives in the post.
Mr Witton said: “While I understand that the UK needs to consider new ways to stop young people getting hold of knives, the Government must ensure that the small craft sector is not damaged as a result.”
Michael raised Mr Witton’s concerns directly with the Home Secretary, who assured him that the proposal to restrict the online sale of knives is aimed at strengthening the prohibition on sales of knives to under-18s.
According to the Home Office, evidence from recent test purchase operations shows that the failure rate on online test purchases is high. However, the Home Secretary said Mr Witton’s points will be carefully considered as part of the Government’s response to the consultation process, which ended in December.
Michael said: “It’s right that the Government reviews our weapons law. But those affected like Clive should have their say, so I’m pleased that the Home Secretary will listen.”