Here's an interesting piece from the other UK-
The government said on Wednesday it would ban the sale of samurai swords because the weapons had been used in a number of serious, high-profile attacks.
The Home Office said the swords would be added to the Offensive Weapons Order from April next year, meaning they could not be imported, sold or hired.
However collectors of genuine Japanese swords and those used by martial arts enthusiasts would be exempt from the ban.
“In the wrong hands, samurai swords are dangerous weapons,” Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said.
“We recognize it is the cheap, easily available samurai swords which are being used in crime and not the genuine more expensive samurai swords which are of interest to collectors and martial arts enthusiasts.”
In any hand, they're dangerous. It's whom they're dangerous to and who is allowed to be dangerous that is the question.
This law has more than a bit of elitism that actually echoes medieval Japan, where only the samurai were allowed to have swords and the commoners were underarmed. In modern Britain, the elite who can afford the expensive stuff can have them, while commoners are left on the outside.
One would think that a Labour government would look after the little guy rather than the elite, but the nanny-state mindset of government protecting the populous from themselves must take precedent.