Getting to the original issue -- why are various weapons illegal, with no means to get a carry nunchuk/ninja star/sap permit... Knee jerk reactions by uninformed politicians, often who lack any real understanding as to how dangerous a weapon is, let alone how often it's used in violent attacks. Nunchuks are deadly martial arts weapons; they've seen 'em in movies... Ninja stars kill instantly... and they're tiny so they're concealed deadly! Years back, Black Belt magazine did an editorial after a 60 Minutes "expose" about deadly martial arts weapons... 60 Minutes proved the weapons were deadly by sticking them into a watermelon. Black Belt proceeded to stick many things into a watermelon... pens, sunglasses, a stapler, various other office items, etc. Sometimes laws are a reaction to ongoing criminal developments; in VA, it is illegal to conceal a machete with a blade longer than 12 inches. Why? MS-13 and other street gangs. Wanna change it? Educate your legislators. Push for legislation for carry permits for items other than guns, if you want to be able to legally carry them. But also, learn the laws. Thanks to a ruling (that I have issues with), in VA, unless it is one of the items specifically enumerated in 18.2-308, it must be a weapon first to be of "like kind." So, lots of knives are legal, unless they are specifically dirks, Bowies, switchblades, gravity knives, etc, or specifically and solely intended to be a weapon (except for machetes).