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The dangers of brass knuckles

Brass knuckles are shown in many TV shows and even used in some forms of fighting, but are these weapons appropriate to have in your everyday life? When used to attack someone, these weapons can be very dangerous and can break bones.

Because brass knuckles are so dangerous, they've been banned in most states. Interestingly, they've also become a popular item to wear around the neck on chains; if you do this, remember that if the necklace is real, you could be charged for carrying an illegal weapon.

In some states, it's illegal to have any form of brass knuckles, to sell them, possess them or to use them. On top of that, it may be illegal to have any kind of brass knuckles or devices that look like them; that includes plastic knock-offs.

Even if Georgia does not specifically ban brass knuckles, they are listed as a dangerous weapon. Those who carry them in a concealed manner could be accused of a crime, even if the items were not going to be used. Generally speaking, carrying brass knuckles will be a misdemeanor crime in most states in the United States.

When it comes to crimes, the reasons brass knuckles are so dangerous is the ability of the hardened metal to lacerate the skin, tissues and muscles, bruise the body and shatter bone. Unlike a normal hit to the face with skin-to-skin contact, the addition of the metal bars can cause serious harm to the victim. While rare, attacks using brass knuckles can be deadly due to the force of the deadly weapon.

Source: FindLaw, "Brass Knuckles and the Law," accessed Jan. 01, 2016

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