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Hamilton Police

Hamilton Police discover prohibited weapons at Festival of Friends

While patrolling the Festival of Friends event held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds this weekend, members of the Hamilton Police Division 3 HEAT Unit discovered a vendor selling what appeared to be prohibited weapons.

On Aug. 9 at about 8 p.m., officers  noticed various knives and swords being sold and displayed in an area easily accessible to everyone walking by. The vendor’s location concerned officers as it was directly across from the festival’s beer tent, said Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning, media relations officer.

Police discussed concerns with the owners, who agreed to make the items more difficult for the public to access. Further investigation revealed a large portion of the knives for sale were considered prohibited weapons, sharing one distinct characteristic.  The knives all had a spring-loaded blade allowing the knife to automatically open when a portion of the knife is touched.

Prohibited weapon means (a) a knife that has a blade that opens automatically by gravity or centrifugal force or by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife, or (b) any weapon, other than a firearm, that is prescribed to be a prohibited weapon.”

All 147 knives were seized.  Two other knife vendors were identified at the festival and officers made efforts to ensure similar prohibited weapons were not being sold.

One of the vendors was is in complete compliance while the other was found to have 66 prohibited knives on display.  The same action was taken with this vendor as with the previous one.  Two hundred and thirteen knives were seized in total.

Division 3 detectives continue to review the incident to determine whether any offences were knowingly committed.

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