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Samurai Swords to be Banned
By Emma Henry and agencies
Last Updated: 12:56pm GMT 05/03/2007
The sale of imitation samurai swords could be banned by the end of the year, the Home Office announced today.
I wonder if razors, sabres, rapiers and ninja swords are ok?
Pending bans are being considered as well for sticks, bats, scissors, feet, and hands.
Especially hands with opposable thumbs.
Importing or hiring the weapons could also be made illegal following a string of samurai sword attacks in recent years.
Ok, that must be a cultural thing. How do you "hire" a weapon?
Must be as in rent.
But then again, we are talking about nanny-state morons, that think swords and guns kill and maim of their own volition.
How many attacks constitute a string, BTW?
Breaching the ban, which is targeted at cheap imitation samurai swords rather than the more expensive genuine collectors' items made by licensed swordsmiths in Japan, would result in up to six months in jail and a £5,000 fine.Of course, you want to disarm the poor first. They have no advocates, because they can't afford them.
We'll get the rest of those evil metallic killing sticks after that; first things first.
Of course, like their retarded gun laws, this will leave only the government, criminals (yes, I realize that is redundant) and the very rich armed.
The sheep will have to fend for themselves. With stern looks, apparently.
Collectors and martial arts enthusiasts owning or using genuine samurai swords would be exepmt (sic) from the ban (sic)
Of course they will be. Same tune, different instrument.
We don't want your hunting guns, just those evil black rifles.
According to Home Office estimates, there have been at least 80 serious crimes involving the swords in England and Wales over the last four years.
TWENTY A YEAR?!?!?! Good Lord! It's a wonder you have any population left between that, abortion and all the shootings from the outlawed guns you don't have on the streets!!
One MP recently warned that they were being used by criminal gangs as the preferred weapon of choice after guns.
Just like "assault rifles" are the choice of criminals here (and no, I don't mean Atlanta SWAT teams!).
No, no, no! Please don't bother to back anything up with data. We always trust the
Last month, amphetamine addict Hugh Penrose was jailed for at least 19 years for hacking a 21-year-old woman with a samurai sword and then deliberately running her over.Uhhh...then aren't you going to outlaw the cars, too?
I mean, by their logic...
How's that whole outlawing amphetamines working out, too?
In October, Bradley Moran was jailed for 17 years for murdering another man with a samurai sword following an argument in a nightclub.See what happens if you bring a sword to a fight in Texas or Ohio.
Too bad you pu**ies don't have the death penalty.
17 years seems a little light for a murder don'tcha think? Are you sure this didn't happen in New York or L.A.?
May if you quintupled that sentence you'd be on to something.
It is currently legal to buy samurai swords - which are freely available at martial arts shops and on the internet - provided they are not brandished in a public place.
Note they are not just available; they are freely available. Probably due to the undue influence of the National Samurai Sword Association and their paid-off, child-hating political lackeys.
Maybe there would be less stabbings if you let law-abiding
The Home Office now wants to ban their sale as part of a wider crackdown on knives and bladed weapons.
When will the madness stop!?!?!?
They need to outlaw all weapons and drugs and speech and fossil fuels!!
For the children!!!
Carrying a samurai sword in a public place already attracts a maximum jail sentence of four years.
Because the UK government is gay.
Vernon Coaker, the Home Office minister, said today: "Samurai sword crime is low in volume but high in profile and I recognise (sic - spell it Americanized, dang it!) it can have a devastating impact.
Brilliant. Did he just say that?
Having a high profile is now the standard for law enforcement and legal code decisions, not the actual numbers of crimes.
"Banning the sale, import and hire will take more dangerous weapons out of circulation, making our streets safer.
Just like the gun thing. Yay!
Do these morons actually believe this garbage they spew, or is it just a matter of political expediency?
Do they even read their own crime statistics?
"We recognise it is the cheap, easily-available samurai swords which are being used in crime and not the genuine, more expensive samurai swords which are of interest to collectors and martial arts enthusiasts."Yes, the cheap Saturday Night Samurai Specials cause crime.
We don't want to ban legitimate sporting swords, though.
"It is already illegal to have a samurai sword in a public place but I want to restrict the number of dangerous weapons in circulation to enhance community safety."
Because words on paper stop violence.
Just wait a while longer and we'll prove it.
The plans are outlined in a consultation paper, Banning Offensive Weapons, published by the Home Office today.Is there such a thing as a defensive weapon in England?
At present there are 17 weapons, including knuckle-dusters and batons, on the Offensive Weapons Order.And yet, problems persist. Although I'll grant I haven't heard of a knuckle-duster crime spree for weeks now.
Maybe they should make everything out of Nerf, like Say Uncle mentioned.
Are they going to throw in the ban on kitchen knives (really) with this, or will that be another round of regulations to which they can chest-thump?
The exemptions would be for groups such as the To-ken Society of Great Britain and the British Kendo Association.As long as they are all serial numbered, registered, locked away, and the owners are fingerprinted and background checked. Maybe they could RFID tag sword owners AND their weapons.
Just to be safe.
For the children.
Last year, Tory MP James Brokenshire (Hornchurch) said cheap samurai swords were as easy to buy "as purchasing a Lotto ticket".
I'm sure he had a point, I'm just not sure what it is.