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Gilbert bans brass knuckles for people under 18 and unruly gatherings

The Gilbert Town Council adopted two new ordinances on Tuesday and both are aimed at reducing teen violence that has rocked East Valley communities.

Brass knuckles for people under 18 are now banned. Connor Jarnagan told the council about being attacked with them by a member of the Gilbert Goons. 

“Brass knuckles are dangerous weapons designed with a single purpose in mind to inflict maximum harm upon another human being,” he said.

The Town Council also moved to fine parents who let their kids throw parties fueled with booze and other illegal activity.

Ann Doucette spoke for the family of 16-year-old Preston Lord. He was killed last year outside a house party that drew flocks of teens.

“It is imperative that we take decisive action to address this issue,” said Doucette.

The neighboring city of Chandler is scheduled to consider banning brass knuckles and unruly gatherings at its council meeting Thursday night.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.