Date lodged: 12 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the regulations regarding the carrying of knives.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 June 2018
The law criminalises the possession of knives in public places where no reasonable excuse or lawful authority exists by the person in possession. There are also similar offences relating to the possession of knives in schools and in prisons. In 2016, the maximum penalties for these offences were increased from four years in custody to five years in custody.
While the Scottish Government always keeps criminal laws under review, there are no current plans to make changes to these specific offences.