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Arizona Legislature Takes Second Look At The Nunchuck Ban

A law banning nunchucks was approved by the Arizona legislature in the 1970s. The weapons, which consist of two short sticks connected by a rope or chain, were outlawed because there was fear they would be used to commit crimes.

Now that prohibition may be lifted.

Sen. David Gowan says the logic behind the ban doesn’t make sense anymore because many things can be used as weapons.

"Under that thought as well, you might as well take the bats away from baseball, take the crowbars away from anybody [that] changes their tires...'' said Gowan. 

After being passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the measure will now head to the Senate to be debated. Only three other states have outlawed the possession of nunchucks.

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Isabella Hulsizer is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. Hulsizer teaches a class on college readiness at Arizona State University. She has always had a passion for journalism, stemming from her love of making others feel heard.Hulsizer is a Chandler native with tons of pride for all Arizona sports, despite their track record.In her free time, she enjoys hiking, discovering new music, and testing out new coffee shops. She loves all things glitter, and has no shame advocating for the Oxford comma.