In recent years, cases of criminal suspects and people who are mental ill armed with knives, engaging in extreme behaviors occur frequently. It has become a major problem affecting the social stability and the security of the people. It is reported that during the Shanghai World Expo, the city will take measures to strengthen the safety management of knives, in order to minimize and avoid the occurrence of similar cases, to safeguard public security and to ensure residents and foreign tourists’ safety. The reporter interviewed the relevant department on this issue.
Q: What kinds of knives are controlled?
A: The Shanghai World Expo will focus on strengthening the safety management of knives in the following two categories, one category includes the knives controlled by the state, such as dagger, triangular sword, spring lancet that has self-locking devices etc; the other category is kitchen knife, large fruit knife, craft knife, ceramic knife and other dangerous tools.
Q: What measures are taking on the selling of the knives?
A: During the World Expo period, selling controlled knives and ceramic knives is prohibited and other dangerous cutting tools will be sold at fixed locations only. The companies that sell knives must obtain the “World Expo Designated Knife Seller” certificate issued by district and county business unit . Companies without this certificate must take down all knives from their shelves and keep them in a safe place. During the World Expo, the designated knife seller companies will be announced by the municipal commerce department to the public. Any breach of the above regulation will be banned and punished by the relevant governmental departments.
Q: Does selling knives require setting up counters?
A: 1. Implement special shops or counters and allocate staff members specifically responsible for security; 2. the seller must equip with necessary security technology for preventive measures; 3. strictly prohibit the selling of knives by people with abnormal behavior, people with mental disorders and minors. 4. When notice people who are abnormal or mentally ill purchasing knives, timely report them to the public security organs.
Q: Are there any restrictions on purchasing knives?
A: A registration system is going to be implemented for buying and selling dangerous knives. Knife Seller Company must check ID cards when people make a purchase, register them with their identity information, type of knife purchased and quantity etc. The sales registration location must file a weekly report to the local police station. One that fails to fulfill the obligations of registration will be punished and ordered to make corrections within a time limit; the serious cases will result the “World Expo Designated Knife Seller” certificate being revoked.
Q: Is carrying knives on the bus allowed?
A: Prohibit carrying controlled knives, ceramic knives to access any public places or public transportations, violator will be punished. When carrying other dangerous knives at a public place or in public transportation, must take the necessary protective measures to ensure public safety. One that does not take the necessary protective measures will be punished and ordered make corrections by the public security department.
Organization and individuals must take proper care of the knives already owned, to prevent them being stolen or robbed. The city encourages the public to report any illegal sales of knives and behaviors of carrying knives.