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The NSW government has passed comprehensive reforms aimed at curbing knife crime, empowering police with new measures to keep knives off the streets. Inspired by Queensland’s Jack’s Law, established after the 2019 stabbing death of teenager Jack Beasley, the new legislation grants police the authority to use handheld metal-detecting wands in designated areas without a warrant. Additionally, the law increases penalties for selling knives to minors and introduces new offenses related to knife sales. While the government asserts that the reforms will enhance community safety and deter knife-related crimes, some opposition voices argue that the measures may not be sufficient to prevent knife attacks and ensure public security.


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Article Title: NSW government passes law to give police ‘wanding’ search powers
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