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Arizona governor will decide whether to legalize nunchucks

Posted at 1:21 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 16:22:02-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona may lift the legal restrictions around owning nunchucks.

The House voted Thursday to remove nunchucks from the list of deadly weapons that are illegal to own in most circumstances.

The weapons used in martial arts are made from two sticks or rods connected by a rope or chain.

Arizona allows people to carry nunchucks to prepare for competition. But supporters say those who practice martial arts shouldn't have to worry they'll face charges. They say it's highly unlikely someone would use nunchucks to commit a crime.

Critics say nunchucks can cause serious harm and lawmakers should be focused on reducing gun violence.

The measure goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for a signature or veto.