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					                       THE GOVERNMENT OF NORFOLK ISLAND
                                MEDIA RELEASE

              KNIFE LAWS- DOES YOUR BUSINESS COMPLY

The Minister for Finance and The Attorney-General today advised that it has come to his
attention that retailers of knives may not be aware of the law in terms of the prohibition on
sale of knives to persons under the age of 16 years and the requirement to have a sign
which is visible and clearly displayed at the place where the knives are on display for sale.

The Minister advised that the relevant legislation covering the sale of knives is the
Criminal Code Act 2007. The relevant provisions are:
       “361      Sale of knife to person under 16
                      (1)      A person shall not sell a knife to a person under 16 years old.
             Penalty: 10 penalty units, imprisonment for 6 months or both.
                      (2)      In this section:
       sell includes—
                      (a)      barter or exchange; and
                      (b)      offer or expose for sale, barter or exchange; and
                      (c)      supply, or offer to supply, in circumstances in which the supplier
                               derives, or would derive, a direct or indirect pecuniary benefit;
                               and
                      (d)      supply, or offer to supply, gratuitously but with a view to
                               gaining or maintaining custom, or otherwise with a view to
                               commercial gain.
       362            Retail supplier of knives to display sign
             (1)      A person who sells knives by retail must ensure that a sign complying
                      with subsections (2), (3) and (4) is clearly visible to a person at the
                      place, or each place, where such a sale is made.
                      Penalty: 5 penalty units.
             (2)      The sign must display at least the following words in the following
                   sequence:
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                     ‘It is an offence to sell a knife to a person under the age of 16.
                     Proof of age may be required.’
            (3)      The lettering of the words stated in subsection (2) must be at least 8mm
                     in height
            (4)      The dimensions of the sign must not be less than 210mm x 145mm.
            (5)      Subsection (1) does not apply to a person, or a knife, of a kind specified
                     in, or ascertained in accordance with, the regulations.”

The Minister said “I urge all retailers of knives of whatever nature to take heed of the
above provisions of the Criminal Code as there are significant penalties for non-
compliance with the requirements of the Code”.

14th May 2010

Craig Anderson
Minister for Finance and
The Attorney General
CONTACT: SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT, NORFOLK ISLAND LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, OLD MILITARY BARRACKS, KINGSTON,
NORFOLK ISLAND 2899 SOUTH PACIFIC. TELEPHONE: (+6723) 22003 FACSIMILE: (+6723) 22624

				
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