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Repeal the samurai sword ban

1 Comment 1st July 2010

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)(Amendment) Order 2008

This law made the import, sale and hire of any sword with a curved blade of 50 centimetres or over in length, unless antique or made in a traditional manner.  This was a knee-jerk response to the attack on Nigel Jones, MP, and the media coverage of the use of such weapons in other attacks.

The amendment to the law was unnecessary.  The perpetrators of these crimes could already be tried under existing laws for possession of an offensive weapon, assault, murder, etc.  The perpetrators of these crimes could have used an alternative weapon, had this ban already been in place.

Why does this matter?

The only real change has been the availability of straight samurai-style swords in shops instead of curved ones.

The ban has the interesting side effect of making it easier to buy an inexpensive, sharpened, fully functional, hand-forged samurai sword than it is to buy a high-end (yet equivalently priced) Iaido practice sword, which is not sharpened and is not made in a traditional manner.

The ban also penalises people who just want to buy a nice looking imitation sword to decorate their home.  They can still buy plenty of nice looking imitation swords; just not ones that are curved.  It's completely arbitrary.

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One Response to Repeal the samurai sword ban

  1. Jo says:

    That is totally unnecassary thats like being racist OH! we can have straight swords but not Samurai Swords!! That is Messed up I persoanlly love the samurai and should be able to own,buy,carry, etc. a Samurai Katana.
    Repeal this law? No utterly remove it. (I feel insulted if you cannot tell.

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