Cam Edwards points out how a new federal court ruling on nunchucks may affect the debate over semi-automatic long guns

Posted at 2:01 pm on December 18, 2018 by Greg P.

In a case out of New York state dating back to 2003, a federal judge just ruled that the 2nd Amendment covers nunchucks:

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Big win for ninjas! (We joke, we joke.) From Bearing Arms:

Judge Pamela K. Chen found in favor of James M. Maloney in her 32-page ruling on Friday, arguing that the sale, use, and possession of nunchaku or chuka sticks — a simple weapon consisting of two sticks connected by a length of chain or rope — is protected by the Second Amendment. As such, New York’s ban on such weapons, enacted in 1974 after their popularity in martial arts films of the time, went too far and is an unconstitutional restriction.

New York banned the weapon way back in 1974 over worries that kids would start copying what they say in martial arts movies:

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But…

What’s also interesting about the judge’s ruling is where the court ruled that a mere 64,899 “factory-produced metal and wood nunchakus” sold in America since 1995 makes them “common”:

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And as Cam Edwards points out, this could affect the common use standard as it applies to the millions of semi-automatic long guns (and larger capacity magazines) in use as well:

So, good news for gun owners.

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