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Are Citizens In The Uk Left Defenceless Like Us?

Ystranc

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Essentially yes but at least we are allowed to use a weapon of opportunity for the purposes of self defense in the UK. The main points about self defence is that is to protect ourselves; not property. It cannot be planned or premeditated and any violence must be proportionate...:whistle: Nothing about justice or retribution...;)
 

lonewolf

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and not a weapon, like some friends keep a baseball bat under the bed!now if your an old lady and you need a walking stick to get around you can whack an intruder with that because its not a weapon its an item one uses every day. I suppose a frying pan might be allowed for the same reason.
 

greenbear

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and not a weapon, like some friends keep a baseball bat under the bed!now if your an old lady and you need a walking stick to get around you can whack an intruder with that because its not a weapon its an item one uses every day. I suppose a frying pan might be allowed for the same reason.

A baseball bat etc is, as you say, an absolute no-no. However a heavy Maglite is ok if you live in an area with power cuts as it is reasonable to expect you to keep a torch handy.
 

Ystranc

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A baseball bat is fine but just make sure that you also have a base ball and mit next to it and that you sometimes get seen playing baseball. A weapon propped up behind the door is not a good idea but an item of sporting equipment that was close to hand could be accepted by a jury.
 

38thfoot

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It's also based on what is reasonable under duress. If you pick something up in the heat of the moment to defend yourself whilst feeling threatened then that is ok. If you chase them down the road with a chainsaw to exact revenge it isn't.
 

Ystranc

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It's also based on what is reasonable under duress. If you pick something up in the heat of the moment to defend yourself whilst feeling threatened then that is ok. If you chase them down the road with a chainsaw to exact revenge it isn't.
Yup, it would be hard to argue that running after someone with a chainsaw was a proportionate defensive reaction. :rofl: However I have often carried a chainsaw through Hay-on -Wye or Hereford town centres.​
 
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