Scots and their knives
From the Evening Times: Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson is proposing to require that only licensed dealers sell "non-domestic knives" (any pointed knife not made specifically for household purposes), and to ban most sword sales. Purchase of such a knife would require a permit "similar to a firearms permit."
The proposal is driven by the fact that almost half the murders in the country are committed with knives.
The epidemic of edged weapons violence seems to be an international one. In Australia, where the Minister for Justice and Customs reported "knives and other sharp instruments are the most common weapons used in homicides, and are used in more homicides than both blunt instruments and assault leading to murder put together."
According to the FBI, in the US only 13% of homicides involved edged weapons.