Queensland businesses prepare for new rule for sale of knives

It's a major step forward in the state's efforts to blunt knife crime across Queensland. The government has now set a date from which businesses will no longer be allowed to sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. After passing the new laws in February and consulting with retailers, the government has announced the laws will come into effect from September 1st. It will also prevent the sale of machetes, axes, swords and gel blasters and ban them from being advertised in a violent or way that suggests them being suitable for combat. What we're about is trying to keep our community safer and feel safer and we know the devastating impact that knife crime can have in our community. Last year a Nine News special documentary highlighted just how easy it is for children to get their hands on weapons. This was picked out and paid for by a group of kids, the youngest and 11 year old boy. The knife laws have been welcomed by Brett Beasley, whose teenage son Jack was murdered in the Gold Coast in 2019. Brett and his wife Belinda's advocacy resulting in the creation of Jack's Law, giving police wanting powers in party precincts and train stations. And as Queenslanders continue to fear for their safety in their own homes, tonight at six we'll bring you a special report about a new law being proposed that would give you the right to defend yourself by any means necessary while on your own property.

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