When you think of nunchaku, a lot of images no doubt come to mind. Bruce Lee films are perhaps the most common association in Western media for these weapons, but they’re also a staple in action films, cartoons, and comic books. However, something that most people don’t know is that it’s also a weapon charge in large swaths of the U.S. to even possess nunchaku.
Are They Illegal Where You Live?
As Total Nunchaku and Find Law both point out, there are a lot of places in the U.S. (like California) where these simple weapons are either entirely illegal to possess, or where they are only allowed in very narrow circumstances (the most common circumstances being that the possessor is the owner and trainer of a licensed self-defense school). If you are a martial artist, or just a casual enthusiast, these are laws you need to be aware of when it comes to curating your weapons collection. Because ignorance of the law, as the courts so often say, is no excuse.
Why are they illegal? Well, the common reason given (particularly in New York, where the law was challenged by those who practice and compete with martial arts) was that these weapons are used in criminal practices. While there doesn’t seem to have been an epidemic of muggers carrying two sticks held together by a short length of chain, the laws have remained on the books. Which means that if you’re a resident of a state with restrictive weapons laws, you need to know before you try to use a banned weapon to defend yourself.
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