1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Offence of carrying an offensive weapon in a public place

   4   Procedure upon forfeiture of offensive weapon

   5   Power to search and arrest without warrant

   6   Regulations



[Date of Commencement: 19th June, 2001]

Act 16 of 2001.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Offensive Weapons (Prohibition) Act.

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "ballistic knife" means a device or instrument designed or adapted to fire or discharge a knife, dagger or similar instrument by mechanical, percussive or explosive means;

   "butterfly knife" means a knife with a two piece handle which folds together to cover both edges of the blade (where the blade is not serrated and exceeds seven centimetres in length);

   "dagger" means a sharp pointed stabbing instrument, ordinarily capable of being concealed on the person and having-

   (a)   a flat blade, exceeding eight centimetres in length, with cutting edges (whether or not serrated) along the length of both sides;

   (b)   a needle-like blade, the cross-section of which is elliptical or has three or more sides,

but does not include instruments such as swords or bayonets;

   "flick knife" means a knife designed or adapted so that the blade is concealed when folded or recessed into the handle and which opens by gravity or centrifugal force or by any pressure applied to a button, spring or device in or attached to the handle of the knife;

   "knuckleduster" means a device or instrument designed or adapted to be worn across a knuckle or knuckles of the hand, finger, fingers or thumb so as to-

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