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Where Great Britain Used To Be

And options for self defense there. Hardly any, really. That is one difference between a citizen and a subject.

10 Responses to “Where Great Britain Used To Be”

  1. Jay Hafemeister Says:

    If you’re carrying it with the Idea that it might be usuful as a weapon, it’s illegal.

  2. Ancient Woodsman Says:

    Yes, “where Great Britain used to be.” You nailed it.

    In July of 1986, I flew to London and had a wonderful vacation. Went out of JFK and in to Gatwick. I was wearing a Gerber belt-buckle knife, on the belt an early Leatherman, and in my pocket a SAK. No one stopped me at either end, but at Gatwick – where the obvious guards were toting MP5s – one did ask (not demand) to examine the belt-buckle knife. After doing so and expressing fascination at the ingenuity, he let me go. Polite security actually interested & not alarmed at an intriguing knife.

    What a wonderful time that was. Cold war with common sense instead of modern” security, but so much safer as far as I was concerned.

    But that was where Great Britain used to be. And where the U.S. airline security used to be, too.

  3. Mike Says:

    British law enforcement regularly charges crime victims who defend themselves against home invaders and other robbers.

  4. MrSatyre Says:

    Even here in VA, tactical batons are extremely questionable in the eyes of “the law”, and are not permitted to be carried concealed (I can carry a gun concealed—and do—but I can’t CC a baton?!?). My 30 year old tactical baton favorite has been gathering dust in a drawer for…thirty years.

  5. Ron W Says:

    Great Britian has devolved into disarmed barbarism. Much of the do-called Free World is not!

  6. Ron W Says:

    Correction: so called

  7. JK Brown Says:

    It’s all very Medieval.

    (1388) The Statute of Richard II restricts laborers to their hundred and makes it compulsory for them to follow the same trade as their father after the age of twelve. The wages of both industrial and agricultural laborers are again fixed shepherds, ten shillings a year; ploughmen, seven; women laborers, six shillings, and so on. Servants are permitted to carry bows and arrows, but not swords, and they may not play tennis or foot-ball. And here is the historical origin of the important custom of exacting recommendations: servants leaving employment are required to carry a testimonial, and none are to receive servants without such letter the original of the blacklist.

  8. Ron W Says:

    “The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.” –James Burgh, English statesman (1714-1775)

    Long before England devolved into disarmed barbarism

  9. TedN Says:

    “restricts laborers to their hundred”

    I’m assuming that’s a travel restriction, can anybody fill in details? Thanks

  10. Andrew Says:

    Funny.
    In Ohio one can get a “license” to “carry a handgun”.
    But no other “weapon”.
    Batons are only technically to be “furnished to law enforcement”, just like automatic knives, sap gloves, and other items.

    Fun stuff it seems has to stay at home.

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