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Violent Crime Reduction Bill
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This bill gives police and local communities new powers to tackle knife, gun and alcohol-related violence.

MAIN PROVISIONS
BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: Home Office
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 9 June 2005
Second reading: 20 June 2005
Committee stage: 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 Oct 2005
Remaining stages: 14 Nov 2005
LORDS:
First reading: 15 Nov 2005
Second reading: 29 March 2006
Committee stage: 26 April, 17, 22 May 2006
Report stage: 16 October 2006
Third reading: 25 October 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 8 November 2006
  • Restricts the sale of replica guns
  • Introduces tougher sentences
  • Tightens laws on air guns
  • Raises the age limit for buying knives to 18
  • Headteachers mat be given the right to search pupils for weapons
  • Police may be able to force rowdy pubs and clubs to search customers for knives and guns

    BACKGROUND
    This legislation is based on the 'Drinking Responsibly' proposals published in January, to effect a culture change in binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled behaviour.

    It also responds to crime figures showing a growing number of offences involving imitation firearms.

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