§ 44. Sir Jocelyn Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that metal knuckledusters, coshes and other offensive weapons are freely sold in a number of stores and shops; and whether he will make it a penal offence either to sell or have possession of such weapons.
§ Mr. Ede
It is an offence under the existing law to be armed with an offensive weapon with intent to commit any felonious act, and in certain other circumstances. I am considering if it is possible to strengthen the law, but many of the articles employed as weapons have legitimate uses, and the problem of definition presents difficulties. Some of the most formidable weapons are home-made or improvised.
§ Sir J. Lucas
While not going so far as the humanitarians like Professor Joad, who advocates painless destruction of all armed bandits, would the right hon. 562 Gentleman enforce the law far more strongly than it is being enforced at present?
§ Mrs. Jean Mann
Would my right hon. Friend consider banning the sale of double - bladed sheath daggers to children?