Which States Allow the Use of Brass Knuckles?

Many states allow the use of brass knuckles, however they are forbidden in California, Michigan, Illinois, and Vermont. Brass knuckles are only prohibited in South Carolina if they are used with the intention of committing crimes. Other states just prohibit or place age limitations on the ownership of metallic brass knuckles. Brass knuckles, however, are considered concealed weapons in most states and call for permits.

Brass knuckles are illegal to possess, but employing them in a violent crime can result in felony charges. Although they seldom result in death, brass knuckles can cause significant injuries such shattered bones, wounds, and eye damage.

Brass knuckles are widely used by criminals in media and video games, which somewhat glamorises them. Contrary to its name, brass knuckles can be made of a variety of materials; the three most popular ones, after brass, are acrylic, steel, and hard plastic. As a result, some states have outright banned all sorts of knuckles, while others have just restricted a select number.

Brass knuckles are desirable because they pack a punch and shield the user’s fingers from harm. Some persons have cited the legal right to self-defense to support their possession and usage of brass knuckles. Usually only licenced bouncers and bodyguards are allowed to carry brass knuckles.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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