Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill in the last session that repealed an “outdated” ban on brass phalanges that the governor signed into law in May. The key fob — with sharp blades for the ears — could have cost Kyli Phillips, who was 21 and living in Dallas at the time, a $4,000 fine and a year in jail if convicted of the offense. At the end of July, lawyers dismissed the case against her and cancelled an upcoming hearing date. Percussion rings are illegal in the District of Columbia. These include percussion rings that are used as jewelry, accessories or any other element that exposes them. In addition to some other weapons, brass phalanges can be possessed by serving military personnel, sheriffs, prison guards, police officers, and a few other selected professions. Until then, possession of ankles was a Class A offense that could be punished with up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $4,000, according to a legislative summary published by the House Research Organization. “Law-abiding Texans who wear ankles, perhaps as part of a new key fob, should not be vulnerable to prison because they possess a legitimate tool of self-defense,” the summary reads. California imposes a strict ban on all types of percussion rings, whether metal or plastic. This includes selling, buying, using, transporting, repairing, lending and manufacturing. Violation of this law places a person in a California state prison or in a prison. In Arizona, people over the age of 21 can legally carry a hidden gun or lethal weapon without a license.
Percussion rings are generally considered a lethal weapon. The use of percussion rings can always lead to a criminal offence. Percussion rings of any kind and material are prohibited in Michigan. This includes anything in the shape of a brass percussion ring, including jewelry, bags, pendants, or necklaces. The manufacture, sale or possession of percussion rings are criminal charges that result in a fine of up to $2500 and imprisonment for up to five years. The bill removes the “ankles” of a group of weapons prohibited by previous legislation that made it illegal to possess, manufacture, transport or sell a list of things ranging from improvised explosive devices to homemade weapons. In Wisconsin, it is not illegal to own brass knuckles in a home; However, percussion rings cannot be worn hidden without permission to wear concealed. Failure to comply with this law will result in a Category A offence. The bill, HB 446, signed by Governor Abbott, will remove ankles from the definition of prohibited weapons in the penal code. Currently, “it is a crime to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell certain items, including ankles. Illegal possession of ankles is a Class A offense of up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $4,000, according to an analysis of the bill by the House Research Organization. Tomahawks, percussion rings, mace will no longer be banned in Texas as of September 1 In Georgia, percussion rings are legal to own and wear.
Using percussion rings to injure another person is a criminal act and you cannot wear brass knuckles in schools or hospitals. House Bill 446, which lifts the ban on brass phalanges, self-defense keychains and clubs, was signed into law in May by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. It was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Currently, the Texas Criminal Code, Section 46.05, contains percussion rings as an unaffordable weapon, and having them in your possession, repairing or selling them is considered a Class A offense. In Texas, Class A offenses include up to a year in prison and up to a $4,000 fine. “Ankles” are defined in the Criminal Code as any instrument consisting of finger rings or protective devices made of a hard substance and used for the purpose of causing serious bodily harm or death. Percussion rings are illegal in Massachusetts. This includes the possession, sale and manufacture of percussion rings. Failure to comply with this law will result in a fine ranging from $50 to $1,000, or up to six months in prison. He removed the “ankles” and “clubs” of a group of weapons banned by an earlier law of 1918. However, HB 446 did not stop at the legalization of percussion rings.
The bill also makes tomahawks, night sticks, mace and blackjacks legal to carry around the state. The law will come into force on September 1, 2019. Having already legalized the open wearing of swords to protect the state from dragons, Texas will allow people to arm themselves with brass phalanges at any time, as if they were extras in a 30s mafia movie. There`s no way to add a brutal melee weapon to pursue a state with more than its fair share of drunken bar brawls. No, no sire. Percussion rings are not illegal in Mississippi; However, it is illegal to wear them totally or partially hidden or hidden. The first offence is punishable by a fine of $100 to $500 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. Starting in September, you can wear percussion rings to defend yourself if you find yourself in a tricky situation at Lone Star State. As of September 1, 2019, it is legal in Texas to possess percussion rings for self-defense. Previously, carrying or possessing was an offence punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 or one year in prison.
Until September 1, ankles will rub shoulders with other prohibited items such as “explosive weapons” and “machine guns”. Percussion rings are not illegal in New Mexico; However, it is illegal to wear them hidden or hidden unless you have a license or permission to carry hidden weapons. Failure to comply with this law will result in an offence and a fine of up to $1,000 and up to three years in prison. Percussion rings are illegal in New York. These include both metal and plastic dowels. Failure to comply with this law will result in an offence and a prison sentence of up to one year. In North Carolina, percussion is not illegal; However, it is illegal to wear them hidden or hidden unless you have a license or permission to carry hidden weapons. Failure to comply with this law will result in an offence and a fine of up to $1,000 and up to three years in prison. Percussion rings are not illegal in North Dakota; However, it is illegal to wear them hidden or hidden on one`s own person or in the car without permission.
Even with a license, hidden weapons are prohibited in some places, such as in liquor stores or at public gatherings. Failure to comply with this law will result in charges of misdemeanour. But recently, Texas lawmakers discussed the possibility of legalizing the weapon. In a state that allows the open carrying of firearms and the possession of swords, representatives like Democrat Joe Moody say it makes no sense to leave brass phalanges on the list of prohibited weapons. The bill has enjoyed bipartisan support, with Republicans arguing that the bill would expand the personal freedoms they think Texans should enjoy. For more information on the bill, check out this Fort Worth Star Telegram article, “Texans: Carry brass knuckles, security key chains and you act the law – for now.”