For those of you who don't know the next month (starting today until June 30th) is a knife amnesty. You can walk down the street brandishing your favourite samouri sword without fear of prosecution as long as you say "I'm taking it down the nick to hand in". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5010954.stm Everytime I hear about one of these amnesties it makes me chuckle. Do they actually achieve anything? Surely the criminals, those who plan to use illegal knives and firearms, have no intention to hand in their weapons because, on a minor technicality, they don't give a stuff about the law. We have the most archaic firearm and fixed blade legislation in the civilised world, yet violent crime is at an all time high. Surely the real way of reducing this sort of crime is to have an effective deterrent instead of the impotent sentencing framework we have at the moment. Fellow Arrsers, your comments please.