Karate Issues - Government Ban on Samurai Swords

The Government will ban the import, hire and sale of all Samurai swords from April 2008.

This is following the number of instances where the swords have been used for assaults or other criminal activities. The ban does not cover antique Samurai swords but will mean that swords used for self-defence demonstrations at Karate displays will be banned.

Click here for more details on the BBC website
Click here to download the Home Office Consultation Paper relating to this matter

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