I wouldn't trust the CPS to make the right decision on prosecution. The important thing is to be both truthful and consistent in your truthful story.quazi wrote:So do you actually have to prove you regularly engage in hobbies that you have the equipment for? Like if you were to whack a home invader with a cricket bat would you need to have a bunch of other cricket paraphernalia and be able to show that you at least occasionally play in cricket games? Or is just a pretext generally good enough? "I keep that ice axe beside my bed because some day I'd like to climb Everest!"
Is it more a matter of convincing the law enforcement officials or of convincing members of a jury?
If someone were to take up a hobby that involved purpose-built weapons, like HEMA and sword collecting, do you think they would be able to get away with using them for self defense? Or would a jury probably convict them for being a crazy weirdo compared to a "normal" cricket player? Does this vary depending on where you live? In some places in the U.S. if you shoot someone in self defense local prosecutors will supposedly go after you on principle and you have to worry about jurors judging you on how scary your weapon looks and how evil-sounding the name of your ammunition is. In other places firearms ownership is commonplace and nobody really gives a shit what gun you use or if you hand loaded your ammunition.
*Or so I've been told, I haven't done too much research into this.
You are far more likely to be taken to trial by the CPS in the UK than in the US, although thankfully under recent governments they have been instructed to change that. The UK government almost lets you defend yourself now
There is probably going to be variation in places with jury selection as in the US.
When I was at Uni I kept all my wooden martial arts weapons in my room, student house no other storage space. If someone had broken into attack me and I'd picked one up to defend myself from death or serious harm I'm sure with the right lawyer this shouldn't be a problem. It should be no different than being attacked in the kitchen and grabbing a knife/heavy pot.
At the end of the day though I'll always rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.