As of September 1, 2019 the possession of brass knuckles will be legal in Texas. Under current law the possession of brass knuckles in class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and a fine up to $4,000. The law was changed in regards to knuckles because under the legal definition popular keychains carried by young women for self defense purposes were considered knuckles.The legislature viewed knuckles as primarily a defensive tool and reasoned that it should not be illegal to posses that type of tool.
Knuckles by their design can inflict serious damage to a person. If an individual uses brass knuckles in an assault and the facts show they weren’t using the brass knuckles to defend themselves then they may face serious criminal charges. Brass knuckles are still considered a deadly weapon because of the design and ability to cause lots of physical damage. The use of brass knuckles in an assault could cause law enforcement to charge an individual with Aggravated Assault.