Brass Knuckle CCW Legality


I posted this picture on the LooseRounds facebook page the other night and got talking with a couple of friends when they mentioned my “belt buckle” or “paper weight.” They were surprised when I told them that brass knuckles are legal to own and carry concealed with the CCW permit in Kentucky. The knuckles, knives, saps, blackjacks, rifles, multiple pistols ,etc. All legal to carry here with the CCWD.

By happenstance the same subject came up on arfcom a bit ago and some one posted up this handy chart to tell you the legality of brass ‘nucks in your state. No info on saps and blackjacks and such in the chart though.


  1. Be very careful with this sort of stuff; read the actual laws. In Virginia, a concealed permit only covers firearms, not any other weapons.

    The law here reads: A. If any person carries about his person, hidden from common observation, (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, sling bow, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack. It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of clause (i) regarding a handgun, that a person had been issued, at the time of the offense, a valid concealed handgun permit.

      • Indeed so, but that graphic was wrong about Virginia’s concealed permit covering brass knuckles, etc. I just wanted readers know that they need to verify the status for their own states rather than relying on such handy graphics. ‘Cause I found a fair number of other sites that said the same thing as the picture and I’d prefer that people make an informed decision about carrying stuff, rather than be dragged off to jail while protesting, “but this website said it was legal!”.

  2. I wonder how many of these states where it is legal to possess them with or without permit have regional or state prosecutors that would seek to press or enhance charges against you if you used them to defend yourself, even if the attack you defended yourself was obvious and on 4k video from 3 angles. It might sound like a stupid question but we’re in strange times. Feel free to think out-loud on this. I wonder about these things; because in situations in life where I might not pull my firearm because I feel it couldn’t be justified; I might pull out something I consider less lethal that would protect my knuckles in a fist fight. Also, brass knucks might be legal in a bar, just possibly not legal to use???

    • the law applies or doesn’t apply however they see fit at any given time for us peons now a days . best to always keep that in mind and operate based off that principle

  3. Damn good question. I can see how a prosecutor could interpret possession of brass knuckles in a bar before you got into a fight as premeditation rather than preparedness.


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