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Brass Knuckles?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Swing, May 20, 2012.

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  1. Swing

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    For reasons completely unknown, I've got a bug in my bonnet for a set of brass knuckles.

    Question one, are these federally regulated at all like switchblades? Everything I've read indicates the answer is "no", but I thought I'd throw it out there. They are legal to own in my state.

    Question two, any recommendations on a vendor?

    Finally, to answer the "why" question, just for poops and giggles. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Thanx.
     
  2. TurtlePhish

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    Unregulated, and my LGS has them for $15 apiece. I could pick some up and ship them if you want.
     
  3. Mrcymstr

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    If they are legal to own in your state hit any local martial arts store or maybe a flea market that's on the larger size and stop by the knife counters. Its where I've always seen them
     
  4. hso

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    No

    You may want to search this forum for previous threads on brass knuckles to see what others have recommended.
     
  5. Ron James

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    Out of curiosity, what states are they legal in??? Every state I've ever lived in, they were illegal big time. Of course I have not lived in all 50 states so which ones are they legal in?
     
  6. Swing

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    Thanks all for the replies.

    What is LGS? A google search turned up a gazillion unrelated results.

    As to legality, I can't speak for all states, but many are OK with ownership but not with concealed carry of said. Best to check local/state laws, naturally.
     
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    LGS = Local gun store
     
  8. Swing

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    Gotcha. My local fun store doesn't have them, for sure, but they are likely sold elsewhere.
     
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    Like shuriken and a few other martial-arty geegaws, brass knucks are usually legal to own, but illegal to carry.

    John
     
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    I think they are illegal in just about all states, to carry. If you are caught with a set in your pocket you can be in serious trouble. A lot of states, though, do not make it illegal or buy or own them, which makes collecting legal.
     
  12. Swing

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    Purdy.

    Indeed. I wouldn't consider it a defense tool for so much as a nanosecond. Collectible GeeWhiz factor and nothing else.
     
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    Just be certain of your state possession laws before putting a set on your desk at work as a paperweight.
     
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    I know several very hard core biker types who wear huge stainless steel rings on every finger to have the effect of brass knuckles while getting around the law against possessing brass knuckles...
     
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    The rings will not effectively transfer the force to the palm. Fingers are very fragile, especially the ring and small fingers. Punching can cause serious hand damage. For example, imaging when someone ducks and you hit the forehead or crown.
     
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    I had a thing a while back for vintage black-jacks, saps and cool brass knuckles. After near gettin' in a pickle in California over a beautiful trench knife I bought at a flea market the novelty wore off. I had hit the trifecta for that state in that I bought it while riding one of my motorcycles with no bags so I had it wrapped in a plastic bag in my jacket and a CHP guy saw the handle at a cafe. Wonderful law-dog that the was, he stopped me quietly outside and asked me about it. After naively telling him all about it and about to show it to him he said something like "Oh, I don't need to see it as long as it's not a trench knife -- that'd be a violation of dirk/dagger-brass knuckle-concealed weapon weight". Message received and understood Officer Discretion!

    Or, Legality - shmegality... just tell 'em you're representin'!
     

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    Never found a pair that fit me, but bought a set at a gun show for $5 for a photoshoot.

    Legal to own, specifically prohibited in Denver law. Worse than getting caught with an unlawful concealed pistol. Not sure if CO law is as strict but Denver is specific about brass knuckles, nunchucks, blackjacks, saps and spring billys.
     
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    The following is from the Ohio Revised Code. The literal definition makes a watermelon a deadly weapon if you use it to assault a person and cause their death with said fruit/vegetable.


     
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    Well, I guess I'll have to leave my CC melon at home if I ever visit......
     
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    I would have to assume that your watermelon wasn't designed or adapted for use as a weapon nor were you carrying/using it solely as a weapon (unless as a weapon of mass ingestion).
     
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    Lots of or's in the definition such as: "...or used...". There is case law from a case in the Cincinnati area (I think) that established a tire iron as a deadly weapon. Admittedly, a watermelon is an example bordering on the absurd; on the other hand, it is not a leap to apply the definition to brass knuckles or a sap.
     
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    OK lets give Jorge a frozen Honey Dew Melon to launch from his slingshot cannon.

    Not a weapon?

    Oh, NO! Jorge might read this and try it!

    -kBob
     
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    308win,

    No question phrases like "or used as a weapon" are a catchall that allows anything that wouldn't get laughed out of court to be treated as a weapon when used as one.
     
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    Never bought a set but have made my own version.
    One day goofing off at the shop I started making hatchet heads out of 3/8 plate for the crews. I had one leftover and decided instead of hafting it to cut a finger slot down the center, needing a better grip I welded a piece of 3/4 round stock to the bottom as a palm pad. Never used it for anything but it is truly scarey looking and stays at home to avoid any misunderstandings.
    T
     
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    That would be why the bikers carried either a handwidth dowel or metal bar stock that they would palm right before a fight.

    Easily disposable after the fight. Not that I condoned the behavior, just aware of it.
     
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