I saw that class 3 license thing Bud, seems fair to me, anything under an AA gun is legal.
The UK has had a truly dreadful few years dealing with knife crimes. So far this year, 22 children between the age of 12 and 16 have been stabbed to death in London alone.
They have to do something, they are starting with the knives that are combat/hunting types thatr have no purpose in an urban area and will move down the line from there.
Handguns are almost unheard of in the UK, remember 90% of their police force is not armed. Their theory has always been that whatever we brandish, the crooks will go one better. Remarkably, this philosophy has served them well. Throughout the IRA bombings the English Bobby went unarmed, except for truncheon.
Sadly since the break up of the former Communist countries, the rules between coppers and robbers in the UK have changed somewhat, and in a few years, all UK coppers will be armed.
It will be a sad day, but a necessary one, if not for the protection of the coppers alone.
In short, the UK has to remove the kind of knives that teenagers think are cool. They wont weild welded cut down sharpened iron pickets, theres no status in that.