A Sligo Leitrim TD is encouraging the owners of knives to hand them over to the state.
Over 1,000 people have been convicted of possessing a knife over the past two years.
476 people were found guilty last year, and 570 in 2019.
The 16 per cent reduction in 2020 may be down to a big drop in court activity, due to the pandemic.
Sinn Féin’s justice spokesman is Deputy Martin Kenny.
The Leitrim based TD says people should be encouraged to hand over their knives to the state.