A big crackdown on gun crime and binge-drinking related disorder is to be outlined today in the Government's new Violent Crime Reduction Bill.

The Home Office minister Hazel Blears will propose a catalogue of stringent new laws to Parliament, aimed at curbing attacks with weapons or violence fuelled by alcohol.
She is expected to propose an outright ban on the sale of replica guns - currently easily available in specialist high street stores.
The Bill is also set to include measures raising the minimum age for knife purchases from 16 to 18 and to propose offering powers to headteachers to search pupils for knives.

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