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Samurai Swords Bill


 

Samurai Swords Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Amendment to the Criminal Justice Act

2   

Expenses

3   

Short title, extent and commencement

 

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Samurai Swords Bill

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A

Bill

To

Forbid the sale manufacture, hire, loan or importation of sharpened samurai

swords; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Amendment to the Criminal Justice Act

(1)   

The Criminal Justice Act (c. 33) is amended as follows.

(2)   

In section 141, subsection (8) after sub-paragraph (b) there is inserted—

“(c)   

with an offence under section 141B”.

(3)   

In Part XI, after section 141(A) there is inserted—

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“141B Samurai swords 

(1)   

Any person person who manufactures, sells or hires or offers for sale or

hire, exposes or has in his possession for the purpose of sale or hire, or

lends or gives to any other person, a samurai sword shall be guilty of

an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a

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term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the

standard scale or both.

(2)   

For the purposes of this section, the term "samurai sword" shall mean a

thrusting, striking or cutting weapon with a blade of 30cm or more

which is curved to any degree, having one sharpened edge capable of

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inflicting a cut of any description on a person and having a hilt or a

handle.

(3)   

The importation of a samurai sword to which this section applies is

hereby prohibited.

(4)   

The defences set out in sections 141(5) shall also apply to any offence

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committed.

(5)   

The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument

direct that this section shall not apply in circumstances specified in the

order and may make provision for certain activities that might

 
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otherwise constitute an offence under this section to be authorised by

means of the grant of an appropriate license.

(6)   

A statutory instrument containing an order under this section shall not

be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before

Parliament and has been approved by a resolution of each House of

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Parliament.”

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Expenses

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to

this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

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Short title, extent and commencement

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(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Samurai Swords Act 2006.

(2)   

The amendments made by this Act have the same extent as the provisions

thereby amended.

(3)   

This Act comes into force at the end of a period of two months beginning with

the date on which it is passed.

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