02 Apr Are Brass Knuckles Illegal in Texas?
In Texas today, possession of brass knuckles or security keychains (often shaped like cat or dog ears) is illegal and can leave offenders being charged with a class A misdemeanor.
Brass Knuckles are Illegal in Texas, But This May be Changing
But recently, Texas legislators have been discussing the possibility of legalizing the weapon. In a state that allows open carry of firearms and the possession of swords, representatives such as Democrat Joe Moody say that it does not make sense to keep brass knuckles on the prohibited weapons list. The bill has enjoyed bipartisan support with Republicans arguing that the bill would expand the personal freedoms they feel Texans should enjoy. For more information about the bill, check out this article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Texans: Carry brass knuckles, security key chains and you break the law — for now”.
What are the Current Penalties for Brass Knuckles in Texas?
Currently, the Texas Penal Code, Section 46.05 includes brass knuckles as a prohibitive weapon, and having them in your possession, repairing, or selling them is considered a Class A Misdemeanor. In Texas, Class A Misdemeanors include a punishment range of up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. “Knuckles” are defined in the penal code as any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards that are made of a hard substance and are used for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death.
Contact Attorney Craig Dameron for More Information
If you or someone you know has been charged with having brass knuckles or any prohibited weapon, you need expert defense. The Dameron Firm regularly handles these cases and can provide you with representation for Tarrant County cases.