Even though I don't use Nunchaku as such I am constantly asked if they are legal
or illegal, Nunchaku in most countries are illegal but not all. What there doesn't
seem to be is any kind of database on which countries do allow possession of them.
If you would like to fill in the Nunchaku form with what the laws state in your country,
about possession of the Nunchaku. they will be posted on this page and a lot of people
will be very Grateful and I thank you for your contribution on there behalf.
Please note that juggling with a twist cannot guarantee the accuracy of these laws
if indoubt ask your local law enforcement agency.
Over the last few months more and more Martial art web sites are selling what they
call Glo Chux, Glow Chux, Glow Nunchaku - Nunchacka - Nunchucks even though these
may be similar to Glowstick Twisters they aren’t and most if not all Law Enforcement
agencies still classify them as Nunchaku and they will act accordingly to their Laws.
The Nunchaku Law’s in Washington DC say even though it isn’t illegal to carry them,
they can only be used for demonstration or for martial arts tournaments if you are
caught using these on another person they automatically become illegal and are counted
as an offensive weapon. Chuck Bunker Washington DC.
Nunchaku are illegal but if you are Accredited with the Martial Arts Association
have an Instructors licence u are legally allowed to have them but u must store and
transport them in a locked container. Chris Asimus Australia
The laws regarding weapons in England do not state specifically anything pertaining
to the possession of nunchuku as most offensive weapons laws apply to items with
a sharpened edge or point and items that are concealed. It is however illegal to
transport anything which can be directly linked to being used to cause harm to a
person or persons, which means that you can own nunchuku, or any other martial arts
weaponry but not take it anywhere concealed or otherwise. If the police see you with
what they deem to be an offensive weapon they can arrest you without a warrant, however
you can claim that the item is for any of the following, a). for use at work b).
for educational purposes c). For religious purposes d). as part of any national costume,
and if you can prove the claim beyond reasonable doubt then you will be let off,
however the punishments for being convicted are fairly severe. In addition to this
possessing any form of weapon on a school premises carry's far more severe consequences.
In short anything can become an offensive weapon if used in that manner from a chair
or bottle to nunchuku or Bo-staff and you will be convicted of using an offensive
weapon if caught hitting someone with a brick or something that was designed as a
weapon. For more information on the laws of the United Kingdom visit www.opsi.gov.uk.
(the above passage refers to laws of England and Wales however Scotland and Northern
Ireland have slightly different rules so check it out.) Many sports shops stock Nunchuku,
Bokkens, Si etc. but you must be over 18 and in some cases 21 to purchase these items.
Jamie Sample England
The Nunchaku is considered by the French legislation as a weapon of 6th category.
The port and the use prohibited in downtown's. You can buy a Nunchaku, but you cannot
transport it. The tonfa is also regarded as weapon 6th category. The port of the
Nunchaku can, on certain occasions, being compared to a wearing of offensive weapon.
If you are not in a private place, ensure that the Nunchaku is wrapped in a case,
at the bottom of your bag, proving thus that it cannot quickly be caught in hands.
Always ensure that a sufficient space is available around you and never handle in
the presence of a person located at less than three meters of you. Aneka Nacim France.
From what I understood, nunchucks are partially illegal in Canada. These are the
conditions. Wooden or metal nunchuks are completely illegal unless you have some
sort of martial arts weapon license (that's the part I don't know about). Otherwise
they have to be made of plastic or some sort of foam material that wouldn't be conventionally
used to harm anyone. If you live in Toronto, there's various places that sell them.
CKT sports downtown is one. Alex Barcena Canada
Here is a link to a copy of an article and that allows conceal weapon rights to Nunchaku
with a permit. I don't know about the non concealed situations. The term includes
items such as handguns and other firearms, knives (other than ordinary pocket and
hunting knives), police batons, clubs, blackjacks, slapjack's, Nunchaku karate sticks,
shurikens or death stars, and artificial knuckles made from hard materials. For the
actual language of the law, see KRS 500.080." KRS 500.080 is a law and the link to
read it entirely is Below. Nathan, Kentucky.
In California, Nunchaku are illegal except in a martial arts school. That means that
technically you can't own them, transport them or possess them, even at home. They
can only exist at a martial arts school. Of course this law is virtually impossible
to inforce, especially inside someone's home. There have only been two cases of someone
being prosecuted for possessing Nunchaku inside their home in the past 30 years.
Both times the police were looking for something else and stumbled on the Nunchaku
in the persons home and decided that arresting them for possession of Nunchaku was
better than nothing. The laws in New York and Massachusetts are very similar.