Article 15 of the Offensive Weapons Bill (HC Bill 232)
It has been brought to our attention that the Government are bringing in a new law that will affect how you purchase online sharp tools which are needed to carry out our craft and would normally have been delivered to your home.
This draft new law will make it impossible for self-employed tradesmen to have bladed tools delivered to their residence, hobbyists to acquire specialist tools that over the counter retailers could not justify stocking and furthermore it contravenes the human rights of the house bound and the infirm unable to travel to bricks and mortar shops.
How you are affected?
As part of the proposed legislation covering the sale of offensive weapons, the Government is proposing to stop the delivery of certain items to residential addresses. For some this may be an inconvenience, for others it will potentially stop them carrying out their legitimate woodworking activities. The likes of Ashley Iles, Turners Retreat to name only two, would therefore not be able to post items listed below to your home.
Whilst we are sympathetic with the Government’s efforts to reduce knife-crime, we feel that tools of this type should be allowed to be purchased by anyone who needs them and have them delivered to a location suitable, i.e. their home address.
Examples of the sorts of items that could be included are:
- Carving chisels and gouges
- Carving knives
- Spoke shaves and draw knives
- Lino cutters
- Plane blades
- Woodturning gouges
- Carpenters’ chisels
What can you do?
There are a couple of simple ways you can have your say on this.
- Sign an online petition. If the petition receives 100,000 signatures the matter must be debated in parliament. The petition is on the UK parliament website at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/222776
- Write to your MP expressing your concern at the impact of article 15 on self-employed and hobbyist woodworkers, and the businesses that supply their tools. You can find your MP here https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
What is your club doing about this?
Following our recent Committee meeting, this matter was raised and we have agreed to invite our local MPs to a Hands on Night to show them what we do and how this change in the law could affect what we do. Whether we will be successful or not is another matter, but we have to try something. So in the meantime, show your support by going and signing the Online Petition, which at the time of posting this News Post article had 22,599 signatures.