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Brass knuckles: Avoid the weapon, art and jewelry

Brass knuckles have been a fashion trend and a dangerous weapon. They're also known as knucks and knuckle dusters; they cover your knuckles and deliver a hard, metal blow to anyone you strike.

These hand weapons were used in both World Wars, and they often had knives attached as well. Their ability to be used as a deadly weapon can't be overstated.

Since these weapons are so dangerous, they're illegal in most states. Some people try to get around the restriction by wearing brass knuckle-styled jewelry, but that, too, could get you into trouble with the law.

It's interesting that these weapons are outlawed when they do appear frequently in the media. They're common in movies and on TV, but despite their popularity, aren't something you should have in your possession.

Why are brass knuckles illegal?

The primary reason is because they're so dangerous. Injuries caused by these weapons are much more significant than those caused by a bare fist. For instance, brass knuckles made from chrome, hard plastic or brass can cause lacerations, eye and nose injuries, broken bones and cuts. These weapons are capable of delivering a fatal blow.

What should you do if you're arrested for possessing brass knuckles?

If you carry a piece of jewelry or art that appears as brass knuckles, you could face trouble. You could face felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the specifics of your case. If you attacked someone or used a hand weapon, then you could be accused of a violent crime and could face serious repercussions. It's important to work with someone who can defend your rights as soon as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Brass Knuckles and the Law," accessed March 08, 2018

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