Germany’s parliament on Friday approved a new law that bans switchblades and the carrying of replica firearms.
The law, which takes effect Saturday, is largely an attempt to help police officers avoid accidentally mistaking replica firearms for real weapons.
Under the law, people can still sell, purchase and possess the replicas. Toy weapons that cannot be mistaken for real guns are not affected by the law.
The law also forbids the carrying of any knives with a blade longer than 12 centimeters (4 3/4 inches), and all switchblades.
A fine of up to â‚¬10,000 (US$15,000) can be imposed upon people breaking the new law.