This was the guy I was hoping we'd hear from.
>From: John Pate <email@example.com>
>To: Russell Whitaker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Practical self-defense in the UK - a question
>Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 09:01:37 +0000 (GMT)
>On Mon, 22 Jan 2001, Russell Whitaker wrote:
> > Also try http://www.dvc.org.uk/ when it's up; doesn't
> > seem to be at the moment.
> You probably mean...
> It's recently come on-line again after a move of server, please
>let me know if it's accessible for you.
> > >estropico wrote:
> > > > Given the ban on handguns in the UK,
> > > > does anyone know what one is allowed to
> > > > carry, without breaking the law? Apparently it depends on the local
> > >police
> > > > force - for instance, extendable batons are ok in some areas, but
> > > > others and I could not find any further details.
> > > > Any info would be welcome.
> I don't believe you'll find anywhere in the UK where carrying
>extendable batons for self defence, _or any other item of whatever form
>for the purposes of self defence_, would be deemed acceptable by the
>Police. (As a for instance, if you hit someone with a big bunch of keys
>and the prosecution could show you didn't really need all those keys you
>could be prosecuted for carrying the keys as an ``offensive weapon.'')
>``We are God's unwanted children. So be it.''
> -- Tyler Durden says... use soap.
>John Pate <email@example.com>
>Edinburgh, Scotland (home PC)
>Standard disclaimer: opinions mine only
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