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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
What are brass knuckles?
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:
Are brass knuckles always illegal in Nevada?
Yes. Under NRS 202.350, it is always a crime to make, import, sell, give, lend, offer, or possess brass knuckles.2
Can I get a license to carry brass knuckles?
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
What is the penalty for having brass knuckles in Nevada?
A first-time conviction of possessing metal knuckles is a gross misdemeanor in Nevada. The punishment is:
Up to $5,000 in fines (at the judge’s discretion), and
If the offense was gang-related, the prison term can be as much as doubled.4
Brass knuckles at school or child care
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:
Up to 364 days in jail, and/or
Up to $2,000 in fines5
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
Brass knuckles as a public offense
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:
up to $10,000 in fines (at the court’s discretion)8
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NRS 202.350. Manufacture, importation, possession or use of dangerous weapon or silencer; carrying concealed weapon without permit; penalties; issuance of permit to carry concealed weapon; exceptions.
Same. NRS 193.168.
NRS 202.265. Possession of dangerous weapon on property or in vehicle of school or child care facility; penalty; exceptions.
NRS92.466. Plan of action for pupil who engages in battery on employee of school, possession of firearm or dangerous weapon or sale or distribution of controlled substance or is deemed a habitual disciplinary problem; appeal by employee who is victim of battery; suspension or expulsion of such pupils; modification to suspension or expulsion; limitations for pupils with disabilities.
NRS 393.410. Damage to school property; nuisance; loitering; trespass; penalties.
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A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.