Restrictions on knives in Hong Kong still in place: CE John Lee  

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A balance has been made between the public’s daily use and weapon regulations, according to Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu in a media briefing on June 27.

Lee said Hong Kong laws continue to be in effect when regulating situations where knives are used for illegal purposes.

He also mentioned the drop in fighting and wounding cases with the data at pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

“We have struck a balance between citizens’ daily use of knives and weapons regulations. I understand that recently there are a few cases that concerned society and citizens are more sensitive to media coverage on these cases.”

Lee further stressed the legal use of knives should be allowed and that the existing laws should fit into the needs of Hong Kong’s living environment.

According to the laws of Hong Kong, it’s illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors, or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport, to carry the following items within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage.

Under the Weapons Ordinance (Cap 217), some knives are considered “prohibited weapons” in this special administrative region, including Chinese-style throwing dart, gravity knife, gravity-operated steel batons, knuckledusters whether spiked or not and with or without blades, Chinese-style fighting iron, spring-loaded steel baton, any knife of the blade that is exposed by a spring or other mechanical, or electric device, and any bladed or pointed weapon designed to be used in a fashion whereby the handle is held in a clenched fish and the blade or point protrudes between the fingers of the fist.