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Non brass brass knuckles?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by theboyscout, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. theboyscout

    theboyscout Member

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    Living I florida I know that brass knuckles are illegal for carry, but recently I was searching some ed videos and I came across these lean knuckles. Its basically the same products as bullet proof glass formed into knuckle dusters. What do you think? Anyone know who to ask about carry these. I do have a ccw, if that makes a difference.

    https://www.lexanknuckles.net
     
  2. Twiki357

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    I’m no expert, but I would suspect that the prohibition, in a law enforcement/prosecutorial sense, would be based on functionality rather than the specific material. The same as if they were made out of steel, aluminum, wood, etc.

    In other words, I wouldn’t want to be a test case.
     
  3. Art Eatman

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    Sometimes cops, juries and judges are in agreement: You wander around town late at night carrying a big screwdriver, a set of big ChannelLocks, a chisel and a hammer, you won't do well against being charged with carrying burglar tools.

    Same sort of deal with non-brass knucks. It's all about the probabilities of your future actions. Hard to make folks believe you just bought this really neat paper-weight.
     
  4. lemaymiami

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    "knucks" made of any material aren't a prohibited item here in Florida - it's what you might do with them that will turn into a problem. They're illegal to have concealed on your person (misdemeanor) and if you use them to threaten or injure another then you're in felony territory....

    Here's something you'd only learn if you worked on the street as a cop.... Any young (or not so young....) officer will come into contact with more than a few folks carrying a weapon of some sort and if they're concealed... the individual is holding a ticket to a bad evening. Most times, if nothing else is involved --- a simple warning is all that's involved (once again - provided nothing else is going on...). If you're involved in a minor altercation or even a fight (but one where no one was particularly injured...) you might also get a warning... maybe. Add a weapon on your person (knucks) and the equation changes very quickly... At least that's how I was taught - and that's what I practiced on the street for many years...

    Knucks, saps, blackjacks, etc are best left at home - unless you're looking for a lot more excitement than I am....
     
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  5. theboyscout

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    Thank you all
     
  6. rodregier

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    G10 (glass epoxy) knuckles are sold as a Canadian Federal law rule "maximization" against even *possessing* metallic knuckles. (i.e. prohibited weapon).

    http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-98-462/FullText.html

    Former Prohibited Weapons Order, No. 8
    • 15 The device known as “Brass Knuckles” and any similar device consisting of a band of metal with one or more finger holes designed to fit over the fingers of the hand.
    Suspect if someone actually carried or used them they could get snared in other Canadian federal laws about carrying offensive weapons or weapons contrary to public peace.

    Does provide an opportunity for vendors to sell a product...

    https://www.canadaammo.com/product/detail/g10-knuckle/
     
  7. Frank Ettin

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    The OP is in Florida, so Canadian law is irrelevant. Let's keep this focused.
     
  8. Sunray

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    All of it depends on how your local law is written. Most laws are written to cover any situation. I wouldn't count on the manufacturing material being a way out if you get caught with 'em in a place were brass knuckles are evil though.
    "...bullet proof glass..." Lexan is a pricey polymer, not glass of any kind. Cost me $50Cdn years ago for a 1/4" x 2' x 3'(I think it was), piece to fix a sliding truck window. Lexan gets worked just like wood or any plastic. And yes I did pretend I had a bullet proof window. snicker.
     
  9. Spats McGee

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    I most certainly wouldn't want to be a test case in a weapons charge. That said, FL law looks pretty specific to me:
     
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    tumblr_m0zt8qOEyt1rqv6gqo1_250.jpg Customer of mine in Florida recently came in with one of these on her keychain. She claimed her LEO father gave them to her! Hope he's well connected with the DA's office.....
     
  11. bearcreek

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    In the link that Spats McGee posted it specifically mentions "metallic knuckles". That's not metallic. Might still be a problem I suppose but that is what it says.
     
  12. deadin

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    I think the "or other deadly weapon" pretty much covers it.
     
  13. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Hard to tell from the photo, but the example the girl came in with most certainly was some sort of aluminum or zinc alloy.
     
  14. WrongHanded

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    They look cool and all, I get the appeal. But if you're going to be reaching into a pocket to slip a set of those on because you expect trouble, wouldn't you rather be wrapping your hand around the grip of a loaded gun? You have to get really close to use something like that, and putting it on before you know you need to defend yourself could look a little premeditated. Especially when gaining distance is not only preferable for your own well being, but probably a better legal footing should you end up in court.

    An expandable baton might be a better option. The police uses them as a "non-lethal" force multiplier, and they can command a much larger defensive zone from knife attacks and such. Therefore keeping people out of arm's reach.

    Knuckle dusters just scream bad intentions.
     
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    I see. Those are different than the ones I've seen then. They sell ones that look very similar to that that are made out of hard plastic.
     
  16. Frank Ettin

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    Yes, that's a pretty broad catchall.

    A knuckle-duster made from plastic, lexan or some other non-metal is arguably not "metallic knuckles." But I'm not going to bet the farm on a court concluding that it's not a deadly weapon.
     
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    Agreed, especially in light of the following:
     
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    The OP's question was specifically about Florida, so let's stick to FL law, please.
     
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    I will admit to having this in my hip pocket back in my younger days.

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    I find this flashlight to be a far more useful tool.
     
  20. Madcap_Magician

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    IIRC, wouldn't getting a Florida CCDW permit make this whole issue moot? My nonresident permit says "Concealed Weapon or Firearm License," and all of the restrictions in Florida law against weapons of whatever type are prefaced by "... a person who is not licensed under s. 790.06..."

    Get the permit, carry your Lexan knuckles, some brass knuckles, a slungshot, a blackjack, and a pistol if it pleases you.
     
  21. Elkins45

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    Interesting that the law specifically excludes plastic knives. I've seen some pretty wicked plastic knives.
     
  22. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Well........"I was in fear for my life so I was forced to discharge my firearm." sounds waaaaaaay better to a jury than "I was in a fistfight with a guy who was bigger than me, so I had to bust him upside the head with my (knuckles/baton/baseball bat/knife)."
    Many people have a deep psychological aversion to hand to hand combat-and melee fighting weapons in general. The fact that you were carrying one means (in their minds) that you were looking for a fight.
    A CCW is not for fighting, its for KILLING. IMO, its a lot easier to convince a jury that you, the upstanding citizen you are, were not cruising around looking for someone to kill- but that events forced you to use deadly force.
     
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  23. Frank Ettin

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    No it is not.

    It is a last resort when needed to save the life of an innocent. If the death of the assailant results from the justified use of your weapon, that is a by-product and not the intended result.
     
  24. lemaymiami

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    As a practical matter, after being on the scene of quite a few fights involving weapons of one sort or another (with injuries ranging from minor to death dealing) it was rarely ever very hard to figure out whether one party or the other was the aggressor - if there were witnesses (independent - unrelated to either side of the encounter) present when the incident occurred... Who had the weapon was certainly a factor -but the actions on each side were the determining factor as to who (if anyone) ended up getting charged...

    I must say that I was fortunate enough to work in an environment that was mostly suburban and that big city political decisions (except for incidents involving officers...) were rarely much of a feature in the charging decision process. This was in south Florida, Dade county, during the height of the "cocaine cowboy era". Depending on where you live these days - that might not always be the case - from what I've seen in published reports - but was certainly the case in my era....
     

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