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< previous page page_211 next page > Page 211 manufacturers, thought that a blanket ban was wrong. Other reactions to the ban included a Chief Inspector who welcomed the removal and Slough Council, near London, who were delighted. The issue that remains contentious concerns the extent to which toy weapons mould aggressive attitudes in young adults. Shops selling real offensive weapons are accused by many of being more commercially oriented than socially responsible. There are many documented records of weapons being sold to persons under the age of 18. There are no laws, however, barring the sale of many offensive weapons. Voluntary guidelines have been drawn up by the Home Office, but are generally considered to be non- influential. Working out effective legislation would be extremely difficult because there are certain vendors, such as ironmongers, who need to be able to sell knives. The local media relates to the
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