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Straight Truncheons in Law: Understanding the Impact of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019

We recently received an inquiry regarding wooden batons and the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. This legislation came into effect on the 14th of July 2021. It brought about changes to the Criminal Justice Act 1988, a subject we’ve previously covered. Specifically, we were asked about Section 66, Part 4, Annex A – list of offensive… Read More »

Can I Buy a Baton in the UK?

Can I buy a baton in the UK? This is another question that people often ask Google, and another question that the top result on Quora is misleading at first glance. We need to define the word baton in order to explain. The Collins Dictionary tells us it can be a “short heavy stick which is sometimes… Read More »

Are Truncheons Legal in the UK?

Are truncheons legal in the UK? This is a subject that there is some misleading information on Google about, predictably sourced from Quora. A classic wooden police-style truncheon is perfectly legal to own in the UK. It is not an offensive weapon by definition in UK law, in and of itself. It is not an… Read More »

Is It Legal to Buy a Truncheon in the UK?

People often ask is it legal to buy a truncheon in the UK. Or for that matter, is it legal to sell one? Or own one? ‘Truncheon’ is a term often used interchangeably with ‘baton’, and for this, it’s important to know exactly what we are talking about when we say truncheon. By truncheon, we… Read More »