BASC Scotland says it has received assurances from the Scottish Government that people with a good reason for carrying a knife, such as deerstalkers, shooters and gamekeepers, will not be affected by a new “zero tolerance” crackdown on knife crime.

Press coverage stated that anyone caught carrying a knife anywhere in Scotland between 1 December and 4 January next year could face up to four years in prison.

However, after questioning by BASC, the Scottish Government says that existing exemptions are still in place for those having “good reason” for having an otherwise illegal knife, i.e. a locking knife or one with a blade of more than 3in.

The rest of this article appears in the 19th December issue of Shooting Times.

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