Self defence is a right!Lets consider it a 'reasonable excuse' to carry a defensive weapon
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The world has changed and the types of crime we face has changed with it. Dynamic solutions are required to address these threats. Due to the nature of the threat society must be allowed to do all it can to minimise and mitigate against it. From the news we can see we have a current and viable clear threat to life and an increased risk of crime, as a result society must be allowed to raise its response and pro-actively minimise the risk of harm.
“ We have large numbers of apparently volatile individuals in the UK, some of whom become determined to die, The modern threat, more than ever, includes the encouraging of others to commit atrocious acts.”
Cressida Dick Met Police Commissioner
She has also called for a “step change” in the UK’s counter-terror efforts. Adding that the existing totals of 500 active terror investigations and 3,000 suspects posing the biggest threat were expected to grow.
We believe that one 'step change' should be the empowerment of the public. Because in an emergency it is our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who are first on the scene. We have in the UK a right to self defence and there are many non lethal defensive options on the market.
Section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 prohibits the possession in any public place of an offensive weapon without lawful authority or excuse. We believe that Self Defence should now be considered a good excuse for the possession of any non lethal defensive item and as such should not automatically result in arrest and placement before the courts. The rights of society should reflect the increased danger. Some will naturally run towards danger and those that do should be commended. They should have the tools to defend themselves, their families and the public.
Section 1a of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 to unlawfully and intentionally threaten would still apply and those in possession would need to justify that their actions were necessary, reasonable and proportionate.
“ My sharpest concern as director-general of MI5 is the growing gap between the increasingly challenging threat and the growing availability of capabilities to address it.”
Andrew Parker – Director General MI5
We therefore ask the government to review this law. We do not believe great legislative change is required, rather just an expansion of the 'lawful authority' and 'reasonable excuse' conditions. By doing so you will help support our nations citizens.
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