Texas Makes it Legal to Carry Knuckles for Self-Defense
According to ABC News, Texans now have the legal right to carry "knuckles" for self defense. The defense tools are illegal in most states due to the harm they can inflict.
Bill HB 446 was signed by Governor Abbott and will remove knuckles from the Penal Code's definition of prohibited weapons. Right now, "it is an offense to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell certain items, including knuckles. Illegally possessing knuckles is a class A misdemeanor" of up to one year in jail or a maximum fine of $4,000, according to a bill analysis by the House Research Organization.
The bill was sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Joe Moody and was approved unanimously through votes in both houses.
The Texas Penal code defines knuckles as "any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles."
Supporters of the bill argued that "law-abiding Texans who carry knuckles, perhaps as part of a novelty key chain, should not be vulnerable to jail time for possessing a legitimate self-defense tool." The bill follows another one which removed switchblades from the banned weapons list. That bill was signed in June 2013.
HB 446 will take effect on Sept. 1.
If you live in an area where knuckles are prohibited, an impact Kerambit like this one is a way around the "knuckle rule". We would rather be able to defend ourselves and explain later than fall victim to a criminal.