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This could affect a few people I know (and on my friends list) so I thought I'd pass it along...

Ban on Imitation Samurai Swords (BBC News Online; Wednesday 12th December 2007)


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Dec. 12th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)

I think it's a stupid stupid, law personally, because anyone who wants to commit a crime with a Really Big Sword(TM) will try acquire one illegally instead, probably from the same sort of people who currently trade in illegal firearms - hey, if they've got the cash and we're really unlucky, they'll probably "upgrade" from a katana to a Beretta 9mm. *sighs*

Dec. 12th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
They'll just have to ban bread knives, iron bars and any other long bits of metal capable of being sharpened, ropes, nail guns...

Swords don't kill people...nutters kill people.

This ban won't affect me in the slightest, but as my brother and dad like them, (and have several 'replicas' of genuine swords, I'm sure they'd have the real ones if they could afford a few million and would be able to convice museums to part with them ;) as do most of thier martial arts clubs, it will affect them and I think it's incredibly ignorant to just blanket ban them just in case some loon decides to kill someone with one, the loon will just choose a different weapon.
Dec. 12th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
As noted in the article, they have recognised the need for 'exemptions for genuine collectors of the original weapons' and 'acknowledge there is a legitimate role for the blades in some forms of martial arts'.

Also, according to an item on News 24 in the last couple of hours, martial arts organisations were consulted while they drafted the proposed legislation. This legislation - if it is passed - seems highly unlikely to have any serious effect on people with a genuine reason to have a sword, who keep it in their house or carry it to class in a bag.

I have a suspicion that this will make very little difference to the (low) existing rates of crime using swords, as there will almost certainly be holes in the law that you could drive a truck through...but, as ever, the government has to be seen to be doing something. [*Sighs*]

Dec. 13th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
As long as those of us who use them for training can still get hold of them this is fine.
You already need to have them in a bag and be carrying them to and from a legitimate training place to carry them legally anyway.
So it all sounds like someone making laws to look good rather than actually acheive anything.

After all, they are not very concealable.
Despite Highlander you cannot hide them under a trenchcoat,
so it is not a very good weapon of choice for suprise mayhem.

If you can still buy them when you are a member of a recognised martial arts group then all is fine. But if you can't buy them whoever you are thats a pain. Especially as you can pick up a long kitchen knife anywhere which is probably a better blade anyway.
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