He added: "The statistics are moving in the right direction and show our approach is working - violent crime is at a 30-year low, there are 44% fewer weapons on the streets since 2006/07 and recorded crimes and offences committed by young people are down by 37% since 2007/08.
"Education, early intervention and prevention have been vital in helping to achieve these results."
Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, co-director of the violence reduction unit in Glasgow, said: "We welcome any legislation which helps reduce knife crime.
"Prevention is undoubtedly better than cure when it comes to violence - we need to try and stop the drama before it becomes a crisis, help people understand that carrying weapons and using violence to resolve conflict is wrong long before the police, the courts, the justice system have to get involved."
The Scottish Government also plans to make amendments to legislation to clarify the powers of the courts to impose a consecutive sentence for people who are released from prison but commit another crime before their original sentence has ended.