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Chandler joins Gilbert in banning brass knuckles for teens, unruly gatherings

The Chandler City Council has approved ordinances to ban brass knuckles, and to hold homeowners responsible when teens throw parties featuring illegal activities.

The move comes the same week that officials in neighboring Gilbert signed off on similar measures.

Chandler’s new laws are scheduled to take effect in late June.

Like Gilbert, Chandler’s brass-knuckles ban makes possession or sale for those under 18 a high-level misdemeanor punishable with jail time. Chandler and Gilbert have also banned unruly gatherings such as a house party with underage drinking.

But Chandler is more strict in that code says a property owner does not have to know about a party thrown at their home to be held responsible.

Gilbert will let homeowners claim ignorance on a first violation. But not if police find a second unruly gathering at the same address within six months.

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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.