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Choose Your Weapon

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. (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.

Publication Date: 8 April 2007

This story is in True's book collection, Volume 13.

Author’s Note: The tagline here actually alludes to an earlier essay I wrote about British bans, in my blog: