Crossbows and "Samurai Swords" to be Banned in Victoria, Australia
Submitted by Karen on Thu, 2003-08-21 00:33
The Age: The State Government of Victoria, Australia, has announced a ban on crossbows and "samurai swords."
New South Wales Police Minister John Watkins called for a national ban on crossbows at the
Australasian Police Ministers Council in Melbourne, following a crossbow attack in April in which
two teenage girls were injured. A former student was jailed last year after almost severing the
arm of a teenager with a samurai sword at a party in 2000.
In Victoria, a police exemption could be given to enable sportspeople or collectors to own
crossbows, said Police Minister Andre Haermeyer. "It is about making them generally
unavailable to those people who just want to carry them around, either for self-defence or to
commit deliberately aggressive acts," he said.