Nunchucks

Nunchucks were banned in Arizona in the 1970s.

PHOENIX — Arizona is lifting the legal restrictions around owning nunchucks.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed legislation to remove nunchucks from the list of deadly weapons that are illegal to own in most circumstances.

The weapons used in martial arts are made from two sticks or rods connected by a rope or chain.

Arizona allows people to carry nunchucks to prepare for competition. But supporters say those who practice martial arts shouldn't have to worry they'll face charges. They say it's highly unlikely someone would use nunchucks to commit a crime.

Critics say nunchucks can cause serious harm and lawmakers should be focused on reducing gun violence.