Nunchucks Once Again Legal in New York


Way back in 1974, the state of New York placed a ban on nunchucks in fear that impressionable youth would use the weapons in violent ways, inspired by martial arts movies. Recently, the United States federal court has deemed that decision unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. Federal Judge, Pamela Chen, issued the ruling on Friday, in the wake of a federal case in Brooklyn over the popular martial arts weapon.
After being charged with possession of nunchucks in his home, back in the year 2000, one James Melony began his legal journey, filing an initial complaint in 2003. Jumping forward to the year 2010, the federal court reopened his case when dealing with similar circumstances regarding a separate case that year.
Judge Pamela Chen ruled that the state’s ban on these iconic weapons was unconstitutional and sought, like James Maloney, to overturn the ban, making it legal to own nunchucks once again, for the first time in decades.
While the ban focused on the potentially malevolent use of nunchaku relating to crime and acts of personal violence, James Maloney, a professor at State University of New York’s Maritime College felt wronged by the ban. He simply wanted to practice an age-old form of martial arts and, furthermore, teach his children a form of martial arts using nunchucks that he had actually created, himself.
The 1980’s saw an overwhelming rise in kung-fu and action movies, which made many politicians weary that young Americans would pick up the weapons and use them for crime, however, this wrongful ban on the weaponry should be a lesson to the United States government. James Maloney is just one of many innocent victims to unconstitutional decisions made by local and state governments.
In an email, James Maloney asked, “how could a state simply ban any and all possession of a weapon that had a long and proud history as a martial-arts weapon, with recreational, therapeutic and self-defense utility?”


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