PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- A bill that would legalize nunchucks in Arizona is making its way through the state's legislature.
A Senate committee has advanced a measure by Republican State Senator Gavid Gowan.
If passed, Senate Bill 1291 would remove nunchucks from the definition of a prohibited weapon.
Right now, Arizona law defines nunchucks as "any instrument that consists of two or more sticks, clubs, bars or rods, connected by a rope, cord, wire or chain, in the design of a weapon used in connection with self-defense.”
“Nunchucks were a big problem back in the ‘70s and ‘80s during the gang wars and things,” said Kyle Keniston, owner of KarateMart.com in Tempe.
“But nowadays, a lot of people have issues with the law, because you can carry a gun around in Arizona. You can conceal it or whatever, but you can’t carry two sticks connected by a chain. So it’s kind of like a big issue in the news, Like, why are we making these two sticks connected by a chain illegal, but not a gun you can conceal in your pocket?”
KarateMart.com sells martial arts gear online -- including nunchucks -- to states and cities where they're allowed.
The bill to legalize nunchucks in Arizona now goes to the full Senate for consideration.