Swords ban to beat violent crime
A crackdown on the sale of swords has been launched as part of a campaign to tackle knife crime and violence.
Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson announced laws to ban swords unless sold for legitimate reasons.
Shops selling swords will need a licence, as will businesses dealing with non-domestic knives and other bladed weapons such as machetes.
The measures are the latest steps from the Scottish Executive to curb the problem of knife crime.
They come weeks after a nationwide knife amnesty.
A total of 12,645 blades - including lock knives, machetes, swords, meat cleavers, bayonets and axes - were handed in during the five-week amnesty.
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