Call for weapons ban
A member of the Federal National Council (FNC) has called for an outright ban on the sale of knives and swords to young people to curb violence among the youth.
Hamad Al Rahoomi, an FNC member from Dubai, said there have been too many reports of fights involving knives and swords in recent years, especially among young men, with some fights resulting in death or severe injury.
He told 7DAYS: “Fights among groups of young men who attack each other with knives have been rampant on streets and outside people’s homes.”
Al Rahoomi yesterday told 7DAYS that shops continue to sell knives and swords to people, including teenagers.
He called for a dedicated weapons law to regulate the availability of bladed weapons.
His comments came a day after the issue was debated at the Federal National Council.
The regulation of bladed weapons is under municipal control, which orders restricting the sale of some weapons. By Ismail Sebugwaawo But Al Rahoomi said such orders are not federal law and that it is partly why some retailers flout them. HH Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, told FNC members during the same debate that efforts are under way to tackle the use of any weapons, but added that the UAE is among the safest countries in the world. Rahoomi continued: “Shops sell these blade weapons to all people, irrespective of their age, which is wrong. A law is needed in place to prohibit this. The law should specify what weapons are and catalogue them.” Ali Al Abadi, a criminal lawyer in Abu Dhabi, backed his comments and said: “The law should bar children from owning or carrying weapons at all times.”