A federal court overturned the New York ban on nunchucks, citing the Second Amendment as the rationale. The Free Beacon reports:
A federal judge ruled on Friday that nunchucks are protected by the Second Amendment and New York’s ban on nunchuck ownership is unconstitutional
Judge Pamela K. Chen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, an Obama appointee, ruled the state’s total ban on the possession, transportation, or manufacturing of nunchucks must be thrown out.
“For the reasons stated herein, the Court grants judgment in favor of Plaintiff, declaring that New York Penal Laws § 265.01(1) and § 265.10(1), (2), & (4), as applied to nunchaku, are an unconstitutional restriction on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and are, therefore, void,” Chen wrote in her ruling. “The Clerk of Court is respectfully requested to enter judgment and close this case accordingly.”
Chen ruled nunchucks are bearable arms, which are typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes and therefore protected by the Second Amendment under the framework laid out in landmark Supreme Court cases Heller and McDonald.
More than simply making nunchucks legal, this could open the door to a stronger defense of the Second Amendment and the right to self defense throughout the nation.