Illegal Sales of Katanas (samurai) on Facebook in Mauritius

It has been brought to the attention of the authorities that certain individuals are into the sales of a forbidden Japanese weapon known as the katana which is a sword originating from decades ago, and it is more commonly known as the samurai. It was first used in feudal Japan, and modern versions thereof are made in our contemporary societies. It is forbidden in Mauritius because of its extremely dangerous nature.

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The Mauritian law states unambiguously that weapons falling under such category of sharp-edged swords are illegal to be sold, manufactured, exchanged and owned. However, this has not discouraged some people from indulging in the illegal trade.

The people trying to bring in these weapons in the island are using Facebook as a main marketing method. Photos of the katanas are posted on several local Facebook groups to promote the weapon. A young man of 25 years of age seems to be behind the activities. He imports the katanas from Europe, and the US, according to the orders placed by his clients.

The Mauritian law is specially strict in this regard. A fine of as much as Rs 25 000 is to be paid by anyone breaching the rules and regulations. The criminals also face the risk of a 10-year imprisonment.

What remains mysterious and surprising is as to how the young man has managed to get the weapons past the security officers at the customs department of the airport.

10 comments

  • For information In the UK Katanas are illegal. and have been so since around 1st December 2007

    Possessing, manufacturing or importing the weapon are banned,
    The penalty for breaching the law will be a minimum of six months in prison and a fine of £5,000.
    The sale of certain swords however are legal, these are replica gladius, broad swords, copies from films, klingon knives from star trek etc,

    Myself I practice iaido with a bokken, I would prefer a katana, not even a necessarily a live katana. but I can understand the reasons for such laws. The law was passed in the UK when more spate of attacks were happening with sharp type weapons.

    Sadly this is the times we are living in. I appreciate that there are enthusiasts who practice martial arts like Kendo etc. but this is as said, the times we live in, one has to just accept it.

  • Indeed fools will prevent the sale of katanas. All over the world the sale is legal Mauritius is still a banana republic.

  • I’m from Mauritius and here, everything fun things are illegal. All types of Guns are illegal, real guns, Air-Soft Guns, and even paintball guns. Swords, Katana, Shuriken, and other types of blades are illegal too. They could have asked you to take a morality test if you wanted to own weapons but nope, they just made it illegal, it was simpler for them to deal with the matter. Every single f***ing fun things are illegal. Even kissing a girl in public could get you arrested(when I say kissing a girl, it’s not kissing a random girl on the street, harassing her or stuff, don’t get me wrong, ok? ^^” ). Anyways, Welcome to our paradise!

    I was born here, I hate almost every single laws and governments who voted them. But other than this, I love my Island, but hell, I’m moving off to Canada or some other Countries.

    • I really do not understand why you see weapons as being ‘fun’. It is that sort of culture which has led to high rates of violent crimes and homicides.

      And a morality test wouldn’t really work. I mean it is rather easy to deduce the choices which lead to a ‘pass’

      Just seeing weapons as ‘fun’ should be grounds to fail any morality test that could be used to determine eligibility for weapons ownership. Unless you require the weapon for your job or are at considerable risk of being attacked ( controversial political figures, witnesses in high profile case…), I don’t believe any one should have access to such weapons.

      As for katana and shuriken and swords, I understand that they are mostly bought for artistic and historical appeal so perhaps the law should be a bit clearer on those weapons. I’d suggest that only truly valuable katana (such as koto blades and vintage shuriken) should be allowed. Yet as a minimum, they should always be registered, kept under lock and key, and the police should be notified immediately if lost.

    • I know right, I’m from Mauritius and here, everything fun things are illegal. All types of Guns are illegal, real guns, Air-Soft Guns, and even paintball guns. Swords, Katanas, Shurikens, and other types of blades are illegal too. They could have asked you to take a morality test if you wanted to own weapons but nope, they just made it illegal, it was simpler for them to deal with the matter. Every single f***ing fun things are illegal. Even kissing a girl in public could get you arrested(when I say kissing a girl, it’s not kissing a random girl on the street, harassing her or stuff, don’t get me wrong, ok? ^^” ). Anyways, Welcome to our paradise!

      I was born here, I hate almost every single laws and governments who voted them. But other than this, I love my Island, but hell, I’m moving off to Canada or some other Countries.

  • Those who think that kanana or samurai is dangerous weapon are FOOLS.

    Because their dangerosity depends in the hands of whom they are.

    FYI: Police Officers handling revolver have committed suicide by shooting themselves !!

    Peuple amirablement ti l’esprit !!!

    • First of all, spellchecking your posts would be a good idea.

      Katana blades are made to kill – every variation of the blade since the Muromachi has been created to better slice through people. Sure, they do not pose a danger to people if owned by responsible citizens. But how easy would it be for a burglar to steal a katana? How easy it would be for a hotheaded teenager to take his father’s blade? How easy would it be for a normally calm and responsible person to use the weapon in a fit of rage caused by their spouse’s affair? Weapons only amplify negative feelings because of the ‘power’ the weapons give over people.

      FYI: Police officers are human too. No one who espouses weapon control laws is telling you that they are not. Suicides unfortunately happen in all societies.

      • And what exactly stops these people from using a kitchen knife to perform these deeds?

        Wait, they already to. Lets make kitchen knives illegal. >.< And why not throw in scissors and nail clippers while we're at it.

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