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Old 10-20-2006, 02:37 AM   #1
Steve Mullen
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Is it a matter of time?

Im not sure what the situation is like in other countries with regards to this but, in England, there seems to be more and more reports in the news of people brandishing katana in a threatening way on the street in peoples homes etc, the police are called and the person gets arrested or tased as in

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/6062666.stm

Do you all think then, that its a matter of time before the government calls for a ban on all swords, live or otherwise, or do you think that their first step will be a licensing programme. Like you take your katana to the local police station and they photograph it and mark its description etc, and your reason for having it.

Personally i would have no objection to having my katana licensed with the old bill as long as they dont want to scribe a serial number in the blade, because then there would be blood oh yes blood He He HE

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:11 AM   #2
Nick Simpson
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Re: Is it a matter of time?

In japan, Shinken have to be licensed (similar to a gun in the US) so I dont see why not over here. Theres kind of a cavalier attitude to swords in this country, anyone can buy one etc etc. Of course, theres not many people dealing in/owning Shinken, but even a modern repro is still a rather sharp, three foot long maiming tool.

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Old 10-20-2006, 05:19 AM   #3
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Re: Is it a matter of time?

Being an englishperson living in N. Ireland, I think England is a particularly violent society. I also think the use of weapons (knives especially) but also blades is on the increase (even here). I have a katana (was given to me), and I also would be happy to register it, however I'm not sure if this makes a difference. I wonder whether people would be allowed a sharp katana at all (as opposed to an iato) unless they are training specifically with cutting objects (e.g. iado). I'd actually rather have an iato because it is less risky for myself!

There are several people I know own sharp swords, but have no real use for them.

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Old 10-20-2006, 07:45 AM   #4
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Re: Is it a matter of time?

They have already done something like this in some states in Australia. The respective governments consulted with interested groups who may have been effected (surpirse, surprise) and came up with a proposal.

What resulted was that swords and knives became restricted weapons. Meaning they didn't need to be licensed but if you were found to be carrying any you had to prove that you were part of an exempted group (martial artist, medieval re-enactor, fencer etc.) and that you had a legitimate reason for carrying it e.g. going to training or off to a medieval event or such.

This came about for much the same reason, escalating number of assaults and home invasions where the assailants were brandishing knives or swords.

Of course you could just get youself one of these Bedside Tables if you're worried about home invasions
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:03 PM   #5
Steve Mullen
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Re: Is it a matter of time?

*Sound of feet running down the street as I hury to buy one.*

I want one i want one i want one

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