PCC calls on the Home Secretary to tighten up laws on online weapon sales and ban Zombie Crossbows
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
written to the Home Secretary asking her to ban the sale of Zombie
Crossbows and bring forward tighter laws restricting the sale of
During a test purchase age checks were not carried out by when a
weapon was delivered. The crossbow is now safely being stored by
West Midlands Police.
After his successful campaign to ban Zombie Knives, David Jamieson
now wants the government to tighten up the law on other deadly
weapons and prevent them falling into the hands of children.
It is currently lawful for retailers to sell weapons like these
online. The PCC wants to see the government tighten up laws to make
such sales illegal, especially in regard to weapons such as Zombie
Crossbows that glorify violence.
In a letter to the Home Secretary Police and Crime
Commissioner David Jamieson said,
"I am writing to make you aware of a dangerous category of weapon
that is available without photo id online. This is the 'zombie
"I have previously worked with the Home Office to amend the
Criminal Justice Act, 1988 to strictly prohibit the sale of 'zombie
knives' was a success which is now reflected in statute. These were
highly dangerous blades with slogans such as 'skull crusher' on
them which were aimed at and marketed for young people, but were
far from toys.
"With these crossbows it is a much similar issue, a highly
dangerous item that cost little more than £30. The website which I
have purchased one from, which will be tested by the National
Ballistics Intelligence Service to show the damage that it could
cause, is called Hunters Knives who are based in Oldham. They list
40 'zombie knives' with a large 'banned' banner running through
them. However, the two types of crossbow and bolts are still very
much available. These are highly dangerous weapons stylised in a
very similar way to the 'zombie knives' and I have no doubt that,
as a crossbow with 80lbs of draw power that these could easily be
used to seriously injure or cause fatality to other people.
"I will be in touch further regarding this but, like with the
'zombie knives' this is a deeply concerning item that exists on the
market. It was a pleasure to work with your predecessor, the now
Prime Minister, on stopping these weapons from getting into the
wrong hands and causing serious harm. I hope that you will agree
with me that these 'zombie crossbows' are in the same category and
should not be on the market.
"You have consulted on limiting the sale of weapons to children to
ensure that photo id is always required. Those measures need to
enter law as quickly as possible.
"Can your department work with me again to tighten the law to help
keep our communities safe?"