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The End of Home Delivery for Online Knife Sales?

The End of Home Delivery for Online Knife Sales?

Posted by HH on 21st May 2018

The Government is currently looking to ban home delivery of knives – fear not, as things stand you’ll still be able to receive deliveries from Heinnie®. Read on to find out more…

Since July 2017, the UK Government has been dropping large hints that it wants to change the way that knives can be bought online. We’ve blogged about it here and here.

As you might imagine, this has been occupying our thoughts ever since.

The Government consulted on new legislation on offensive and dangerous weapons from October to December 2017. Together with proposed new offences relating to the carrying of corrosive substances [acid], in April 2018 the Government published its “Serious Violence Strategy” policy paper:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/serious-violence-strategy

While being fairly light on detail, the policy paper sets out an area of interest.

“We are planning to introduce new legislation to take additional steps to prevent online retailers selling knives to young people under 18 years old.”

Here at Heinnie Haynes® we will not sell a knife to anyone aged under 18 years, and actively verify the age of all knife purchasers. The “additional steps” to prevent the sale of knives may well be informed by this section of the consultation phase:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/offensive-and-dangerous-weapons-new-legislation

“[The Government] proposes that where a knife is sold online, it is an offence to deliver the knife to a private residential address. Knives sold online must only be delivered to and collected – by the person who made the purchase – at a place where the age of the purchaser can be checked… It will be for retailers to decide where purchasers can collect the knives bought online and have their age checked.”

On 22nd May 2018, Parliament will meet to debate the Serious Violence Strategy. We only have access to the same information as you, but we suspect that we’ll hear more detail emerge as a result of the debate.

It’s likely that one of the outcomes of the current legislative round will be a prohibition on the home delivery of knives in the UK. This is perhaps the largest single change to our business model in the 20 years that Heinnie® has been in business. This raises more questions than it answers – “can I have a delivery to my workplace?” and “…my company is registered at my residential address – so does that make it a business or residential address”, for example.

The good news is that we’re ready for any change in the law. Working with our delivery partners, we are ready to send your knife orders to your local collection point, where your identity can be verified when you collect your order. This will, however, come at an increased delivery cost. We’re asking our delivery partners to verify your age, and that service costs us. We’re also very much aware that the distribution of collection points across the country is far from uniform, and inevitably, some customers will not have a convenient collection location. We very much sympathise with you all, and are doing our best to mitigate the effects of the new legislation, however, ultimately, we don’t make the rules!

Many of your have already lobbied your MPs about this proposed law change – now it’s time for one more push. Drop your MP a quick email, and let them know your views.

Follow this link to contact your MP:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/

…and then sign up to our email mailing list, and keep up to date with developments:

http://heinnie.us3.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=35252fd399509934e514025e8&id=15c01d759b

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