UK government amends weapons bill ensuring right to possess kirpans by British Sikh. The Offensive Weapons Bill 2018 finished its different readings in the House of Commons this week and has now moved to the House of Lords for endorsement.
It includes another offense of having certain hostile weapons in broad public places new restrictions on the online sales of bladed articles and destructive items in endeavor to crackdown on rising acid and knife related assaults in the country.
on Thursday, UK Home Office spokesperson said, “We have engaged closely with the Sikh community on the issue of kirpans. As a result, we have amended the Bill to ensure that the possession and supply of large kirpans for religious reasons can continue.”
Ms Gill, the principal female Sikh MP in the House of Commons, was joined by APPG bad habit seats Pat McFadden and Dominic Grieve at a gathering with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Office serve Victoria Atkins to talk about changes to the Offensive Weapons Bill, which would keep up the norm in proceeding to lawfully defend the possession, supply and utilization of large kirpans.
Large kirpans, with blades more than 50-cm, are utilized by the community amid religious services in gurdwaras and additionally for functions including the conventional Sikh Gatka military craftsmanship. They would have fallen foul of the new bill on the ownership of extensive cutting edges without the revision, which has now been concurred.
Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs, Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill said, “I am pleased to see the government amendment and look forward to seeing an accompanying set of documentation, which reflects the importance of not criminalising the Sikh community for the sale or possession of large kirpans.”