Is Possessing Nunchaku Really a Crime?

Robert L. Hammonds Jr. Attorney at Law

Originating from Okinawa, Japan, nunchaku, or nunchucks, are martial arts fighting sticks consisting of nunchucks in Californiatwo pieces of wood, plastic, or metal that are connected by a rope or chain. Typically they are something you don’t see every day, most exposure coming from martial arts movies or even animated shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This exposure through media makes nunchucks look much less dangerous than they actually are. In fact, they are so dangerous, they are illegal in many states. 

Are Nunchucks Illegal in California?

In California, as well as several other states, nunchaks are completely banned. Even owning them can be considered a crime and unlike in some other states, there is no exception for martial artists. As they can reach a significantly high velocity, nunchucks are capable of easily breaking bones.

Are nunchucks really so dangerous that they need to be banned? While in media they look fast, in reality that speed that they pick up allows them to hit with a tremendous amount of force. When used in an inaccurate manner, occasional those bones can be your own.

Luckily, one of the biggest nunchaku defenses is simply that you didn’t know they were illegal. After all, you can get anything on the internet these days without knowing the laws for your specific state. This is why, like with any weapons charge, you should contact a defense attorney right away if you were caught in possession of a pair of nunchaku. Contact us today so we can start preparing your case so you don’t get serious punishment when it can be avoided.

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