#1
Hi guys,

I've been searching google and every legal advice site I can and it's still not clear to me.

After a relative got me a replica of Richard the Lionheart's sword for my birthday, I've taken much more interest in collection such items, the only thing is the laws regarding them are frigging baffling to me.

First of all, swords. I know that curved blade swords no matter what condition are now out of the question but fortunately I'm only bothered about European history and there are very few. The only thing I couldn't find is what happens if I'm carrying the sword home from the shop to my house?

Secondly, I've seen a beautiful replica of the flintock pistol that Dick Turpin used and a belgian flintock pistol replica which I spaffed over when I saw. The law says carrying any form of fire-arm, replica or otherwise, in public will result in the same punishment as carrying a functioning fire-arm in public. How the crap do I get it home?!

Thanks for your help in regards to this, the law is so confusing.
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#2
Umm, get someone to drive you and stash it in the car for the ride home?
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#3
You aren't allowed to carry a replica gun around town, but if you buy it at a shop, boxed or whatever and carry it home, you'll be fine. If they're allowed to sell it, you're allowed to buy it.
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You aren't allowed to carry a replica gun around town, but if you buy it at a shop, boxed or whatever and carry it home, you'll be fine. If they're allowed to sell it, you're allowed to buy it.


I was thinking maybe to ask for a delivery, but I'd be too tempted to turn up at the door in a cloack, hat and mask, whip the flintock out of the box and demand the delivery man stand and deliver.

But you think if it stays in a box it will be ok?
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#6
Maybe ask the people at the shop if they have any advice on getting it home?
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#7
most places have special exceptions for replicas and antiques and whatnot.
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Make sure its properly in a box or hidden from public eye. If it's just in a gun shape bag, people will filp, and you will get shot.
Same with the sword.


Thats not how things work in England we don't shoot people for petty reasons.
#10
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Thats not how things work in England we don't shoot people for petty reasons.


Plus, even if the flintock worked, who the hell would go on a spree with a musket?
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Plus, even if the flintock worked, who the hell would go on a spree with a musket?


Didn't you know? Since muskets are usually large bore (>= .50), they can shoot down aircraft! Very dangerous weapon according to some people (morons).

And no, I'm not kidding, I've heard gun-banners use that logic before.
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#12
In England and Wales, a pointed or bladed article can be carried in public if you have lawful authority or a reasonable excuse or if it is for use in work or religion (s.139 Criminal Justice Act 1988).

Essentially, you have a reasonable excuse if you have a replica of orginal historical sword etc if it is correctly and securely packaged, not too obvious and that you are taking it straight home to add to your collection. You wont get away with wondering around with it just because you're a collecter. It is for you to prove you've got a reasonable excuse though, which will be helped by the existence of the sword you've already got.

However, if you're under 16 you simply can't have any sort of weapon, replica or not.

There's more to it, but that is the general stuff.
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Thats not how things work in England we don't shoot people for petty reasons.


That's right, you're into knives, aren't you?

Anyway TS, I'm not completely sure, but the laws are probably over the top. Getting a bag should do it.
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That's right, you're into knives, aren't you?

Anyway TS, I'm not completely sure, but the laws are probably over the top. Getting a bag should do it.



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^ That.

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That's right, you're into knives, aren't you?

Anyway TS, I'm not completely sure, but the laws are probably over the top. Getting a bag should do it.



Yup. It takes out the whole "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight" sort of thing.
It's one less thing to worry about...

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