New offences regarding the sale and marketing of knives
Laws that aim to reduce knife crime in South Australia through preventing the sale of knives to young people came into effect 3 February 2013.
It is now an offence for retailers to sell a knife to a person under the age of 16.
The new laws create two new offences to restrict the sale and marketing of knives:
- A person who sells a knife to a minor under the age of 16 years is guilty of an offence and subject to a maximum penalty of $20,000 or 2 years imprisonment. Razor blades permanently enclosed in a cartridge and plastic or wooden take-away knives are exempt from the sale offence.
- Unlawfully marketing a knife in a way that indicates or suggests that the knife is suitable for combat or is otherwise likely to stimulate or encourage violent behaviour will carry a maximum penalty of $20,000 or 2 years imprisonment.
News Release: Knife laws to prevent sales to minors (PDF 31.6KB)
- Summary Offences Act 1953 - link to www.legislation.sa.gov.au
- Summary Offences (Weapons) Regulations 2012 - link to www.legislation.sa.gov.au
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013