Thank Me Later – Jim Maloney’s Crusade to Legalize Nunchucks in New York City | The Daily Show

Hi, I’m Michael Kosta. You know, all my life,
I’ve loved numchucks. (grunting) But, up until this year,
I could have been arrested for even carrying my chucks down
the streets of New York City. I sat down with the hero
who changed that law. And you? You can thank me later. Ow. I’m Jim Maloney. I’m the lawyer
who recently was able to get the nunchuck prohibition
in New York overturned on constitutional grounds. You made numchucks legal
in New York? Well, actually,
it’s pronounced “nunchucks.” Right. Numchucks. Why are you so obsessed
with numchucks? They were a big part of my life
for many years, so, yeah, I’m passionate
about my right to have ’em. How did this all start? Um, shortly after
the martial arts movies featuring Bruce Lee
became real popular, a lot of kids,
including myself, uh, started playing around
with nunchucks. And, uh,
the legislature got fearful that they were gonna be used
by gangs to terrorize people, you know, mugging them. And so the legislature just
decided to ban them completely. The law went into effect
September 1, 1974. In the years since then, there have been
sporadic prosecutions, um, against people
who have them in their home. I had a similar experience. Um, police searched my home. They found nunchucks
under the couch. Police found numchucks
under your couch? -Nunchucks. Nun-Nun…
-Numchucks. Got it. So, based on that,
I was charged with possession of chuckle sticks, as they’re
called under the, uh, statute. So, as soon
as the criminal case… As James droned on about
his decades-long legal battle, I thought
of a much more exciting way to tell his kung fu story. ♪ ♪ MALONEY:
Uh, within less than a month, I brought
this constitutional challenge. ♪ ♪ Hey, is it a little weird
that I’m playing this guy? He’s, like, super white. Ronny, if a white guy does it,
it’s problematic. It’s cultural appropriation. If you do it, it’s fine. Is it? (stammers)
I– Honestly, I don’t know. Okay, whatever.
Let’s fight. ♪ ♪ (squawks) MALONEY: I have to serve them
with a summons of complaint. And, in 2007,
my Second Amendment claim was not really established yet
as applying against the states. So it was dismissed, and
I had to appeal to dismiss it. Oh… But the Second Amendment,
that’s about guns. Well, the Second Amendment
says… I understand
the Second Amendment. I’m an expert,
to be honest with you. Go ahead. Tell us
about the Second Amendment. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security
of a free State…” Free State. Right. “…the right of the people
to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Not firearms. And (bleep) numchucks falls
under that? It does. -So this became a Second
Amendment issue. -Right. I appealed to the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals. ♪ ♪ I have three judges
on the panel: Judge Pooler, Judge Katzmann,
and Judge Sotomayor. KOSTA:
Sotomayor? -Supreme Court Justice today?
-Correct. That’s right.
Sotomayor even mentioned Jim in her Senate
confirmation hearing. Sir, um, in Maloney, we were talking
about numchuck sticks. Told you it was “numchucks.” ♪ ♪ -(shouting)
-MALONEY: They, um, did not give me the relief
I asked for on the basis
that the Second Amendment did not guarantee that right
as against state laws… (grunting) …and said, “If you want that, you have to go
to the Supreme Court.” And that is where I was feeling
down and out. Where are your numchucks
in all of this? I basically unstrung
the nunchucks. I cut the cord. You took your sacred numchucks and you cut ’em? No big deal. You just put ’em back together
when you’re ready. (sighs) What the Supreme Court did, um, was toss out the decision
that killed the case and sent it back down. So then I was back down
in the trenches again. You’re alive, baby. Oh, I… Right? Anyway, sure. So, um, I’m back down in the trenches, and, uh, I get a new judge. And she wanted me
to show expert testimony -and statistics. And so I…
-(shouts) I flew in a couple of people
who were knowledgeable -about nunchucks.
-You flew in numchuck experts. Both white guys, I presume? -MALONEY: They are.
It was kind of a funny trial, because I was wearing
a lot of hats. I was the plaintiff, obviously. I’m the lawyer. And I was also
the first witness. I said, “Your Honor,
I’ll now call my first witness, which is myself.” ♪ ♪ (grunting) It was three days of trial. (shouting) And, on December 14, the judge struck down
the entire statute. And did you feel, like,
“Oh, my God, this is over. I get to just nunchuck the shit
out of everything now”? ♪ ♪ (laughing) Everybody in New York
is numchucking– kids, pets, adults, grandparents, nannies–
because of you. Did you receive an award
from the Numchuck Association or from chuckers
all around the world? -No.
-What’d you get? The decision. I figured
you’d say something like that. I’m presenting you
with a Numchuck Award. Read it out loud.
What does it say? -“To James Maloney, for striking
down the ban on numchucks. -Yep. From your chuck buddy
Michael Kosta.” I also made
this commemorative shirt. On the front, it says,
“I live for three things.” And on the back, it says,
“Suckin’, (bleep), and chuckin’.” (cheering and applause)

100 thoughts on “Thank Me Later – Jim Maloney’s Crusade to Legalize Nunchucks in New York City | The Daily Show

  1. This fucking interviewer guy needs a one-inch punch to the face.

  2. So nunchucks is illegal but firearms is not???? Welcome to america

  3. I want to find any other country in the world that ban kinder eggs and nunchuck but when it come to gun even a kid can buy it.

  4. Those nri uncle and aunties, who supported modi,
    We gonna support trump. Its payback time

  5. So let me get this… Two stcks tied together are banned as weapons…bevause they can produce lumps on people, But AK15's which can be used to kill more than 20 people a second…are A-ok?

  6. "Did you received an award from the numchuck association or from chuckers all around the world?" 😂

  7. OMG Ronnie, please wear that outfit of Bruce Lee more frequently. Your moves were awsome dude! This is one of the best reenactments I've seen! NUMCHUCKS! LMAO

  8. Tbh I really am skeptical of its efficiency as a weapon. It takes a lot of training to be able to use one without injuring the self, and thats prohibitive enough for making it not used in crime. Its a lot more effective and easy to just get a knife. To outlaw nunchucks is simply stupid

  9. Why can't you legally own bombs and grenades in the USA if you can legally own guns? Because according to gun lovers guns don't kill people, people kill people. Well neither do bombs and grenades…

  10. Omg that Bruce Lee movie remake revives hell of memories

  11. Why are nun chucks illegal to begin with? Guns are more dangerous.

  12. [After seeing this, a staff member at the NRA gets to work on a patent for nunchucks that shoot .22s]

  13. Well, so people have been illegally practicing with their skipping ropes too?

  14. The issue is not about nunchucks or numchucks.

    Because there is a deeper issue here.

    Rather the issue is about replacing lethal weapons (the guns not the movies) with more non-lethal weapons.

    This is an important win because if “Bearing Arms” can be redefined then the 2nd amendment can truly be shown to be antiquated nonsense.

    Now because you watched this video and are now surfing the comments you deserve a gift.

    You get the gift of a dumb joke:

    Why don’t dinosaurs talk?

    Because they are extinct.





  15. I live for three things: Suckin', ****in', and chuckin'…

    And I'm all out of Nunchucks.

  16. This was insanely creative! Major accolades to the on and off screen teams for this gem!

  17. Wow, any other great news?
    Like more weapons, in greater quantities?

  18. Does this explain the hair on Ronnie's hair when he was with Trevor show

  19. Before I start this video I got to ask

    Is this another {ad} scam

  20. Maloney makes a good point with the Second Amendment. Technically, it's surprising that the NRA doesn't want to fight for any other type of weapon under the Second Amendment except for guns. Staves, swords, nunchuks, knuckles, knives, and other weapons should also fall under the meaning of the Second Amendment's "right to bear arms" protections.

  21. At 4:58 he pronounced it correctly but Maloney didn't mention it, missed chance.

  22. The problem is, now whenever I see Kosta I'm expecting him to sell me fucking McDonalds.

  23. Why did the cops have a search warrant was it for the nunchucks? Probably just acid

  24. 2:30 why did I find this so funny… he's a 2nd amendment pro 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  25. There's an error in this video's thumbnail. The text says "legalizing nunchucks" instead of the obviously correct spelling "numchucks."

  26. The power of t-shirt comedy is strong with the man… you go bro

  27. 🤣It’d be so much funnier if they made up their mind about the reading direction of the Chinese titles, left to right, or right to left? Stick to one of them!😤

  28. What's up with New York and banning things? Anti-freedom much?

  29. Those clips of the old timey fighting kills me. So accurate! XD

  30. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nunchuck is a good guy with a nunchuck. Shouldn't have banned it.

  31. Where are those shirts available? Lmfaoooooo I'll take one in L

  32. This was interesting but I’d rather see more gun control in New York

  33. Wa…
    Wait, that fight scenes were actually good, the timing and actions were very good 😗😯

  34. The only thing that can stop a bad guy with nunchucks is a good guy with nunchucks.

  35. You know what? I do want to thank him after this video ends. 😁😁

  36. I really hope they warn people before these interviews. Like it’s very funny for us because we know it’s a joke, but imagine if you were expecting a serious interview and the person kept purposely pronouncing something wrong

  37. Really America? Two sticks connected with string: banned! (could be dangerous after all) Guns: legal. (meh)

  38. So numchucks where illegal in America because they pose threat but ARs are still ok

  39. I left the city in '72 prior to the ban. I never openly carried my Nunchuks and neither did any dedicated martial artists I knew. 😀

  40. Can’t have a nunchucks but can own military grade ARs… makes sense 😅

  41. "a lot of kids including myself" nigga you look like you fought both world wars

  42. As someone who has both trained in martial arts & performs with chucks, I'm astounded that they're illegal anywhere. They're a far less effective weapon than a stick the same length that isn't flexible in the middle & they're best use is for tricks. Its ridiculous that anyone might end up in prison for what is essentially juggling

  43. I can use my chucks again!!………. OUCH (soooooo out of practice 😖)

  44. love this case. i couldn't care less about nunchucks, but the same rules should apply to everything…CONSISTENCY is key!

    thx Mr. M.

  45. At 4:58 Michael Kosta accidentally said "nunchuck" correctly.

  46. Even if you have nunchucks, its hard to control them in a real battle situation.

  47. The US is a very strange country. They legalize gun use and won’t legalize nunchucks- hahaha.

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