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Crime: Lethal Weapons

Volume 710: debated on Monday 27 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the law permits persons, who claim to be followers of a religion which requires them to carry a lethal weapon in public, to do so. [HL2951]

Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides specific defences for those who have knives with them for use at work, as part of a national costume, or for religious reasons.