I'll Take SWORDS for 500

From the department of "I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried" comes this news article from Australia:

Swords will come under tough new controls from July as the State Government cracks down on violence.

Anyone with a sword in their home will have three options: sell it to a licensed dealer, hand it in to police, or apply to police for permission to keep it as a collector.

Those seeking permission to keep a sword will face tough rules on storage to ensure swords do not fall into the wrong hands.

The move to toughen laws on swords follows a series of violent incidents involving the weapons, including a gang fight in the Fitzroy Gardens last week in which a man's hand was chopped off...

Under the new rules, swords will be shifted to a list of prohibited weapons, such as ninja stars and nunchukkas...

Sword sellers would also have to keep a register of people who bought swords and police would be able to inspect it, he said.

Mr Haermeyer said the new rules would help police overcome a culture of young people arming themselves with swords.

"It is clear that the vast majority of Victorians back the push to keep swords off the streets," he said...

"The gang mentality of owning swords has to be cleaned up," Mr Wells said.

"It is totally unacceptable that the gangs in Melbourne have an unlimited supply of swords."

Someone should start a pool on what potentially lethal item gets banned next. Baseball bats? Kitchen utensils? Pencils?

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I wonder if the Aussies are

I wonder if the Aussies are concerned about a possible revival of early Greek and Roman warfare.

Anyone with a sword in their

Anyone with a sword in their home will have three options: sell it to a licensed dealer, hand it in to police, or apply to police for permission to keep it as a collector.

Or there's a fourth option, which I like best: tell the government to piss off and decapitate anyone who tries to pry your blade away.

Gee whiz, I really thought

Gee whiz, I really thought the sweeping gun bans they enacted several years ago would erase all the violence in Australia.

Up next: knives and/or baseball bats.

I'm a moderator on an anime

I'm a moderator on an anime forum based Down Under. A significant number of the Aussies there are either avid katana collectors or want to be. I feel sorry for them; this could really screw up their hobbies.

Randall has it right. Who

Randall has it right. Who ever would have guessed that people would just find a new way to commit violent acts when one method was taken from them?

i think that it is fucked

i think that it is fucked up that the coverment is baning swords in Melbourne just because some young boys are useing them in there gang fights. if you go to a fight with people that you know would use swords then you are pretty stuped.