Offensive Weapons Bill: Commons second reading

27 June 2018

MPs debated the second reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Second reading

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, opened the debate with Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh responding on behalf of the Opposition.

MPs debated a range of issues related to the legislation including knife crime, acid attacks and firearms legislation.

The Offensive Weapons Bill passed second reading without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee.

The Offensive Weapons Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The Offensive Weapons Bill seeks to make the following changes:

  • a new offence of possessing a corrosive substance in a public place
  • a new offence of selling certain harmful corrosive products to under18s
  • new restrictions on online sales of bladed articles and corrosive products, including restrictions on deliveries to residential premises
  • a new offence of possessing certain offensive weapons in public (the weapons concerned are already subject to restrictions on their sale, manufacture and importation)
  • reclassifying certain firearms as “prohibited weapons” under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Offensive Weapons Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

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