Originally Posted by SamuraiBigEd
Can one of our friends from England attest to the validity of this, a professor was speaking in an interview about the 2nd amendment and the correlations to what is going on in England and a comment was made that they are going to take away the right to carry knives now!
Now? No, that has been the case for a long time.
What You Can't Have ...The following items are banned from sale within the UK (although if you already own one you may keep it, but not use it outside of your own property) ... Switchblades, automatics or 'flick-knives', gravity knives, balisongs or 'butterfly knives', push daggers, belt buckle knives, sword canes, disguised knives, or knuckle-duster knives.
Late on in 2004, an amendment to the law was introduced which restricts the sale of any knife which is not readily detectable by the normal methods of detection, ie: either x-ray or metal detection, unless it can be proven that the knife's sole purpose is for the preparation of food. So for instance, the Cold Steel CAT Tanto or Lansky Knife are now prohibited within the UK. These knives are correctly referred to as Airport Knives, but in English law are commonly referred to as Stealth Knives.
In 2006, so-called Disguised Knives were prohibited. You may not buy any knife designed to look like something else, for instance a knife which appears to be a pen, (and it doesn't matter whether the pen works or not, it's still prohibited here).
What You Can Carry ...
The Criminal Justice Act (1988) says that you may carry a knife with a blade length of 3.0" or less so long as it is capable of folding. That means no fixed blade knives.
And even then, a small folding knife may be classified an offensive weapon depending on the circumstances one is carrying it in.
The Official British Knife Collectors Guild ... Hunting Knives, Collectable Knives, Rescue Tools, Folding Pocket Knives and So Much More
In the last 10 years in order to combat rising knife crime, there has been a crackdown on knife possession in public with the introduction of harsher sentencing. However, this is an enforcement of existing laws (CJA 1988) rather than the introduction of newer ones.
And once again, there has long been wide public support for strict knife control. Your conspiracy theory could only be plausible if you're suggesting a government backed scheme going back many decades because public support for the restriction of knife carrying and gun possession goes as far back to the 80s (as far as my memory goes) and probably more.