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Laws » Are brass knuckles legal in Nevada?
No. Brass knuckles are illegal weapons in Nevada. The possession of metal knuckles – Nevada’s legal term for brass knuckles – is typically a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail, and/or up to $2,000 in fines.1
Brass knuckles consist of four connected metal finger holes that the wearer holds in place with his/her thumb. And the device’s shape permits it to absorb most of the counter-force, allowing the wearer to escape with little-to-no damage to his/her hand.
People who punch while wearing metal knuckles inflict a lot more damage than a naked fist. Possible injuries include cuts, broken bones, and even death.
Brass knuckles go by various names, including:
Yes. Under NRS 202.350, it is always a crime to make, import, sell, give, lend, offer, or possess brass knuckles.2
No. People cannot get a permit or license to have or carry brass knuckles in Nevada. It does not matter whether the person is carrying them openly or concealed.3
A first-time conviction of possessing metal knuckles is a gross misdemeanor in Nevada. The punishment is:
Any successive conviction is a category D felony. The sentence is:
Nevada has a separate statutes prohibiting brass knuckles on school property. This includes public schools, private schools, child care facilities, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.
A gross misdemeanor, possessing brass knuckles at a school or child care facility carries:
Note that public school students caught with brass knuckles at the school face a one (1) year expulsion for a first offense. A second offense carries a permanent expulsion.6
It is considered a public offense in Nevada to have brass knuckles while “willfully and maliciously injuring, marking, or defacing any public schoolhouse, its fixtures, books, or appurtenances.”7 The penalty turns on the value of the property damaged or destroyed:
Damage caused by brass knuckles
Penalty under NRS 393.410
|Less than $250||Misdemeanor:
|$250 to less than $5,000||Gross misdemeanor:
|$5,000 or more||Category C felony:
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