Chandler’s Unruly Gathering, Brass Knuckles laws now in effect

June 25, 2024

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler laws outlawing unruly gatherings and brass knuckles for people under 18 years old are now in effect. Visit for details.

Unruly Gathering Law

  • Police can disperse an unruly gathering and either cite or charge those responsible.
  • A person attending an unruly gathering can be cited if they fail to follow an order of a police officer to disperse. Repeat offenders can be charged.
  • Parents can face violations for actions of their children under 18 years old.
  • Violators can be charged with a class one misdemeanor if any of the following occur:
    • person under 21 possessing or consuming alcohol
    • illegal drugs
    • act designated a felony under state law
    • physical altercation that results in injury
    • previous citation for unruly gathering within prior 180 days
    • Violators can be issued a citation and fined or they can be charged with a class one misdemeanor.

Brass Knuckles Law

  • Person under 18 years old prohibited from possessing/purchasing brass knuckles.
  • Businesses must confirm person purchasing brass knuckles is at least 18 years old.
  • Violators can be charged with a class one misdemeanor.

Class One Misdemeanor

  • Most serious offense that can be prosecuted in municipal court.
  • Person guilty of a class one misdemeanor can face fines up to $2,500, with up to six months in jail and three years of probation.

An extensive campaign targeting Chandler teens, young adults and parents has begun to educate residents about the new laws to deter and prevent teen violence. Video and audio spots will be distributed through social media platforms in English, Spanish and Mandarin.