Bira boss comments on Offensive Weapons Act

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has issued a statement in response to the announcement today (Thursday May 16) that The Offensive Weapons Act has received Royal Assent,

Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “We fully support responsible retailing of knives. These new regulations require two things. One is enforcement, especially where there is a perceived high risk. Secondly, the education of retailers and consumers is vital, not only in terms of knowing their obligations but also on the best way to enforce them.

“Bira has been and will continue to work with the Home Office to improve communications to retailers, to ensure they are fully aware of their responsibilities.

“We also believe that manufacturers play an important role in providing suitable packaging and labelling which clearly show the restrictions on the purchase of knives and other bladed items.”


Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre

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