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Are Brass Knuckles Illegal in Nevada in 2024? Big NO! (Here’s Why)

Brass knuckles are currently illegal in Nevada. Under state law, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess metal knuckles, which includes brass knuckles. Possession of brass knuckles in Nevada is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or probation, and a fine of up to $1,000.
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What are Brass Knuckles?

According to Wikipedio, brass knuckles also known as knuckle dusters, are close-quarter combat weapons designed to be worn around the knuckles of the hand [1]. Despite their name, they are often made from materials other than brass, such as metals, plastics, or carbon fibers.

These weapons are intended to concentrate the force of a punch onto a smaller area, increasing the likelihood of causing tissue damage and fracturing bones upon impact. The design of brass knuckles also helps distribute the force of a punch across the attacker’s palm, reducing the risk of injury to the attacker’s fingers.

The weapon has been controversial for its easy concealability and is illegal to own and use in various countries. Brass knuckles are currently prohibited in 21 states of the US.

Why are Brass Knuckles Illegal?

According to the Federal Lawyers, back in the late 1800s, brass knuckles became associated with unsavory characters like gangsters and criminals. Politicians decided to crack down by banning them in certain states and eventually nationwide [2].

Brass knuckles are deemed dangerous and illegal weapons for several reasons:

  • Inflict serious injury: Brass knuckles can cause severe injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, and organ damage, which law enforcement argues have no place in civil society.
  • Easy to conceal: Unlike larger weapons like baseball bats, brass knuckles are compact and can be easily concealed in a pocket, making them convenient for carrying discreetly.
  • Increased punching power: Brass knuckles can significantly increase the force of a punch, which can be lethal. Normal punches already have the potential to cause fatalities, and brass knuckles amplify this risk.

While brass knuckles could be used for self-defense, particularly for individuals walking alone at night, lawmakers have determined that the dangers associated with their use outweigh any potential benefits.

State-by-State Breakdown of Brass Knuckle Laws

Brass knuckles are subject to varying legal statuses across states in 2024:

  • ALABAMA: Legal to own, but concealment is prohibited without a permit.
  • ALASKA: Considered misconduct involving weapons if possessed.
  • ARIZONA: Legal to carry concealed for individuals 21 and older, but misuse can lead to severe consequences.
  • ARKANSAS: Strictly prohibited, with violations ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.
  • CALIFORNIA: Comprehensive ban on the sale, possession, etc., leading to severe penalties.
  • COLORADO: Strict prohibition and violation can lead to fines and imprisonment.
  • CONNECTICUT: Categorized as “dangerous weapons,” illegal to possess.
  • DELAWARE: Considered a deadly weapon, illegal to possess or sell.
  • FLORIDA: Considered a concealed weapon, requires a permit to carry.
  • GEORGIA: Considered a “prohibited weapon,” possession can lead to criminal charges.
  • HAWAII: Legal to sell and possess, but not transport or store in vehicles.
  • IDAHO: Legal status subject to judicial assessment.
  • ILLINOIS: Strict prohibition on possession or use, even resembling items are illegal.
  • INDIANA: Legal to possess and carry, but misuse in violence is prohibited.
  • IOWA: Legal status not explicitly addressed, subject to judicial assessment.
  • KANSAS: Explicitly forbidden, violation can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges.
  • KENTUCKY: Carrying concealed weapons no longer requires a permit.
  • LOUISIANA: Legal to carry concealed with a valid permit.
  • MAINE: Possession is a crime, using them in assault can lead to felony charges.
  • MARYLAND: Legal with a concealed carry permit, illegal otherwise.
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Strict prohibition on possession, sale, and manufacture.
  • MICHIGAN: Strict prohibition, violation can lead to felony charges.
  • MINNESOTA: Strict prohibition, violation can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Legal to possess openly, but not concealed.
  • MISSOURI: Prohibition lifted in 2022, legal to sell and possess.
  • MONTANA: Legal status not explicitly defined, subject to judicial evaluation.
  • NEBRASKA: Legal to possess, but concealment requires a permit.
  • NEVADA: Strict prohibition, violation results in a misdemeanor offense.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: Prohibited, violation leads to misdemeanor charge.
  • NEW JERSEY: Illegal to possess or carry, with few exceptions for lawful purposes.
  • NEW MEXICO: Legal to possess, but concealment without a permit is illegal.
  • NEW YORK: Strict prohibition, violation is a misdemeanor offense.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Legal, but illegal to carry concealed without a permit.
  • NORTH DAKOTA: Legal, but concealment without a permit is illegal.
  • OHIO: Legal status not explicitly addressed, caution advised.
  • OKLAHOMA: Prohibited except as authorized by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
  • OREGON: Legal, but concealment is illegal.
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Strict prohibition, violation results in a misdemeanor charge.
  • RHODE ISLAND: Prohibited, violation leads to a misdemeanor charge.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Legal with some restrictions, illegal for criminal activities.
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Legal with restrictions, misuse leads to felony charges.
  • TENNESSEE: Strict prohibition, violation leads to misdemeanor or felony charges.
  • TEXAS: Legalized for self-defense in 2019, previously a misdemeanor offense.
  • UTAH: Legal status not explicitly addressed, subject to judicial review.
  • VERMONT: Prohibited, violation results in a misdemeanor charge.
  • VIRGINIA: Illegal without a concealed weapon permit.
  • WASHINGTON: Prohibited, violation is a gross misdemeanor.
  • WEST VIRGINIA: Illegal without a concealed weapons permit.
  • WISCONSIN: Legal to possess at home, but concealment is illegal.
  • WYOMING: Legal to possess, but concealment is illegal.

Before deciding to carry or buy brass knuckles, it’s crucial to consider the following legal advice:

  • Know the laws: Research and understand the laws in your area regarding brass knuckles. Even if they’re not explicitly prohibited, there may be specific conditions or restrictions you need to follow.
  • Exercise caution: Brass knuckles are considered weapons for a reason. Any harm caused, whether major or minor, can lead to legal repercussions such as civil lawsuits or criminal charges. Use them with extreme care and awareness of the potential consequences.

Consult with an attorney: If you sustained injuries as a result of the intentional or negligent use of brass knuckles by another person, speak with an attorney to discuss your legal options.

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References:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_knuckles
2. https://www.federallawyers.com/criminal-defense/brass-knuckles-are-illegal/

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