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This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on offensive weapons. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Information on weapons held by the armed forces can be found under defence equipment and procurement, and information on legally-held weapons under firearms.

Commons Briefing Papers

08.09.2016Knives and offensive weapons
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. This briefing sets out the various offences and sentences which are contained in a number of pieces of legislation. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and government policy on knife crime.
16.08.2016Firearm Crime Statistics: Scotland
This briefing paper examines firearm offence statistics produced by the Scottish Government Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms bulletin. The latest bulletin was published in June 2015.
13.07.2016Firearm Crime Statistics: England & Wales
This briefing paper examines firearm offence statistics produced by the Home Office Crime in England & Wales bulletin (published by the ONS).
18.12.2014Serious Crime Bill
This Bill would make changes aimed to strengthen the law on the recovery of the proceeds of crime. It would make amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to update existing offences. It would also provide for a new offence of participating in the activities of an organised crime group and make changes to Serious Crime Prevention Orders and gang injunctions. The Bill would provide for the seizure and forfeiture of substances used as drug-cutting agents. It would also amend the offence of child cruelty, create a new offence relating to the possession of 'paedophile manuals' and amend the law on Female Genital Mutilation. The Bill would create a new offence of unauthorised possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in prison and confer extra-territorial jurisdiction on the courts in respect of certain terrorism offences.
06.11.2012Knife crime statistics
The issue of knife related crime continues to be high on the political agenda due to a series of tragic knife related incidents. This note summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime.
30.01.2012Firearm Crime Statistics
This Standard Note summarises statistics relating to crimes recorded by the police in England, Wales and Scotland in which firearms were reportedly used.
17.06.2005Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 of 2005-06)
The Violent Crime Reduction Bill (Bill 10 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/49

Select Committee Reports

14.08.2009Knife crime.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
20.05.2009Knife crime.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House is deeply concerned at the numerous UK-based Internet companies such as Blade Bargains, Whipperleys, The Hermit's Grotto, World Knives Ltd and which ...
That this House notes that last week eBay relaxed restrictions on the type of knives that it sells; furthernotes that this makes certain types of knives previously banned more accessible ...
That this House recognises that young people are most likely to be the victims of gun and knife attacks; believes that whilst everyone must be part of the solution, young people are ...
That this House expresses its great shock and sorrow at the loss of life in the recent shootings in Germany and the US; and calls on the Government to remain vigilant to protect UK ...
That this House expresses its sorrow and anger at the needless death of Hassan Nur Kul Hawadleh, son of the last Prime Minister of Somalia, the late Mohammed Hawadleh; further expresses ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses