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LEGISLATION TO CUT DOWN ON SWORD SELLERS

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Trading standards officers in Scotland are to get powers to seize swords from retailers under a new licensing regim...
Trading standards officers in Scotland are to get powers to seize swords from retailers under a new licensing regime.

The Scottish Executive has announced that legislation will make it an offence for anyone to sell swords other than for a legitimate purpose. This means retailers wishing to sell swords for religious or sporting purposes, for example, will need to have a licence, as will any business dealing in non-domestic knives such as machetes.

The new regime will see trading standards officers given powers of entry and seizure where they think an offence has been committed.

Justice minister Cathy Jamieson said: 'The regime should help weed out unscrupulous traders and help legitimate retailers take steps to avoid these dangerous weapons falling into the wrong hands.'
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