As a collector of Antique Swords I have no interest in collecting fake ones from China. This law however has had a knock on effect on genuine collectors. Ebay for example will not allow UK Bidders to buy Antique Swords on their web site in direct response to this piece of legislation. It has impacted far more than the law allows – and has been responsible for "Mission Creep" as non specialised sellers compete with each other to enact ever more draconian rules. It has put the cost of genuine antiques up and destroyed an (albeit small) industry through misguided regulation.
Those who use these weapons should recieve the full punishment the law allows. However to ban these fake weapons means the innocent as well as the guilty have been punished.