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Guns have been banned in Britain for years, so now swords are getting to be a menace. “Imitation” samurai swords have been identified as a weapon of choice in various attacks, so the Home Office has announced it wants to ban the weapons by the end of the year as part of a “wider crackdown” on knives and other bladed weapons. “Samurai sword crime is low in volume but high in profile,” a Home Office spokesman said. “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.” Those caught with swords, whether used in an assault or not, would face up to six months in jail and a 5,000-pound (US$9,800) fine. (RC/London Telegraph) ...The ultimate conclusion: half of all Brits will be sentenced to break rocks into sand so the other half can’t throw them.
Author’s Note: The tagline here actually alludes to an earlier essay I wrote about British bans, in my blog: http://www.thisistrue.com/blog-bats_iron_bars_and_bricks.html
Publication Date: 08 April 2007
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 13.
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