Texas is getting ready to drop its ban on brass knuckles, The Hill has reported, which means Texans will soon be able to carry the weapons along with their firearms when they head out for a gallon of milk.
Brass knuckles will be removed from the Texas Penal Code’s list of prohibited weapons on September 1, and those who support the move have said “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.”
According to an analysis by the nonpartisan House Research Organization, under current law, it is “an offense to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell certain items, including knuckles.”
Further, possessing the weapon illegally is a class A misdemeanor “punishable by up to a year in prison in Texas and a fine of up to $4,000.”
Proponents of the new law, signed earlier this year by Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott, said brass knuckles are simply a “self-defensive” tool and should not be prohibited.