As of September 1, 2019, Texans will not be criminally charged for carrying brass knuckles, reports ABC News.
State Governor Gregg Abbot signed bill HB446 into law on May 25. The bill removes knuckles from the Penal Code’s list of prohibited weapons.
Currently, “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.” Carrying knuckles would be punishable with one year in jail, or a fine of up to $4000.
The bill was sponsored by State Representative Joe Moody (D-Texas), and approved unanimously in both the state House and Senate.
Under the Texas Penal Code, knuckles are defined 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."
Proponents of the bill defend it by saying 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."