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Clampdown on Knives Ahead of Shanghai World Expo

World Journal, Posted: Apr 02, 2010

SHANGHAI, China In an effort to beef up security ahead of the World Expo in May, Shanghai has clamped down on the sale of knives. Residents who want to buy kitchen knives or fruit-cutting knives have to show their identification. Kitchenware sellers also have to apply for permits before they continue to sell knives. They need to apply for the World Expo Knife Sale Unit permits, set up security management unit and safe prevention areas in the shops, in order to continue to sell knives during the expo period. In addition, vendors cannot sell knives to minors and people with behavioral and mental problems, and authorities should be notified if such transactions take place. Knife buyers will need to provide identification and register their personal information. Knives cannot be carried on public transportation and public areas.

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