It is often suggested that weapons law has a long history. Ancient bans on the use of poison are, for example, frequently mentioned to support this view. Weapons were also famously a source of mediaeval controversy. The English victories against the much more numerous French forces at both Crécy in 1346 and Azincourt in 1415 were delivered largely by the longbow, regarded as a good example of a paradigm shifting technology ushering in what some have referred to as a ‘revolution in military affairs’.2 That phrase may be an exaggeration, but the longbow certainly...
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