COUNTYWIDE : D.A. Moves to Stop Sales of Weapons

Lawyers in the Orange County district attorney's office filed suit Friday to stop a martial arts company from allegedly selling switch-blade knives and dangerous martial arts weapons that are outlawed.

In a Superior Court filing, the consumer and environmental protection unit of the district attorney's office charged that Musashi Martial Arts is importing and selling three martial arts weapons: nunchakus, sticks connected by a chain; billies, and shurikens , metallic, sharp-pointed "throwing stars." Musashi also sells switch-blade knives, the suit alleged.

The lawyers seek a court order halting the sale of the weapons at Musashi stores in the 1800 block of South Grand Avenue in Santa Ana and the 12000 block of Beach Boulevard in Stanton.

The lawsuit said proprietor David Miller is not exempt from the provisions of the law that bar the sale of nunchakus because his business does not manufacture them and does not limit their sale to approved martial arts schools.

Miller and other officials of Musashi could not be reached for comment.

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