The UK Government is proposing and consulting on a proposed law that will make it compulsory for people buying knives online to collect the blade in person and provide ID, it has been reported. Currently is illegal to sell a blade of more than three inches (7.62cm) to anyone under 18.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd says of the move: “We are going to be consulting on new legislation so that people can’t buy knives online without having their identity checked. At the moment you have to do it by the click of a button. What we are proposing is that if you want to buy a knife online it has to be collected from a place where you have to show your ID. We have evidence that young people have been able to buy knives without verifying their ID and I want to stop that.”
From an @eBay perspective, this is unlikely to affect many. The rules are pretty strict, to the extent they already ban the sale of many knives including sharp kitchen knives. knives in dining sets are permitted. Amazon’s rules are significantly more loose as a cursory search for various knives shows.
Amazon came under scrutiny last year when a 16 year old who killed teenager Bailey Gwynne from Aberdeen was cleared of murder but convicted of culpable homicide. He’d bought a folding knife with an 8.5cm blade knife on Amazon for £40. The attacker avoided having his ID checked on delivery by pinning a note to his front door rather than taking the delivery in person.
To many, if this law comes into force, it will mean that the sale of blades of any kind online will become an area too regulated to be viable. Indeed, without branches for collection, it could become impossible for online traders to fulfil. What do you think of the proposed law?