Call for weapons ban

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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.”

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