Offensive weapons: safe handling procedures for immigration officers

Modernised guidance from UK Visas and Immigration about how it handles offensive weapons.


Offensive weapons: safe handling procedure

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This guidance tells immigration enforcement officers about the safe handling procedures to follow if they find an offensive weapon. It covers:

  • which weapons are illegal
  • what to do if an offensive weapon is found
  • when and how to seize and store them safely
  • exceptions which allow someone to occasionally possess an offensive weapon
Published 1 November 2013
Last updated 20 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance
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