Volume IV
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Arrangement of Sections


1. Short title.

2. Application of Ordinance.


3. Penalty for wearing prohibited knives.

4. Exception with regard to instruments indispensable for lawful trades.

5. Exception with regard to military weapons.

6. Power of peace officers to require production of knives for inspection.

7. Court for trial of offences.

8. Offenders under this Ordinance not to be discharged with admonition or conditionally.

9. Penalties for false charge.

10. Limitation of prosecutions.


11. Power of Magistrate to order persons convicted under section 315 of the Penal Code to be whipped.

12. Convicted person may be prohibited from carrying a knife.

13. Power of Divisional Secretary of the Divisional Secretary's Division to issue licences.

14. Contravention of order or condition of licences.

15. Power of Minister of Justice to declare certain offences to be cognizable offences.

16. Interpretation.

28 of 1906,

14 of 1907,

12 of 1945,

30 of 1949,

1 of 1983.

AN ORDINANCE to prohibit the carrying of Dangerous Knives.

[Date of Commencement: 24th November, 1906]


1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Knives Ordinance.

2. Application of Ordinance.

(1) The Minister may, by Order to be published in the Gazette,1 declare the provisions contained in Chapter II of this Ordinance to be in force in any district, village, or part of Sri Lanka; and thereupon the same shall be in force within the limits and from the date mentioned in such Order. Proclaimed in The Central Province, The Kegalla District.

(2) The Minister may in like manner exempt from the operation of Chapter II of this Ordinance any district, village, or part of Sri Lanka in which this Ordinance has been declared to be in force.


3. Penalty for wearing prohibited knives.

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