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by srothstein
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Illegal Kitty Keychain
Replies: 29
Views: 1526

Re: Illegal Kitty Keychain

rotor wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:34 pm
If you Google them they are sold everywhere as personal defense keychains and in my opinion, for what it's worth, they are an illegal (brass knuckles) weapon in Texas. I would not want to try to sway a jury that they were not a weapon after a Google search.
To clarify my earlier statement, I agree with you. If a seller advertises them as a weapon, then they are an illegal weapon when you buy them. If they advertise them, as a Hello Kitty novelty keychain, then they are not a weapon when you own them, just if you use them as a weapon. This is where the law that says designed or adapted comes in to make the determination. Sold as a weapon means designed that way. Sold as a novelty means adapted, which requires the use.
Abraham wrote:One of the tactical tricks I've read about is women should carry their keys in hand to smash into an attacker's face, thus protecting her.

So, given the above, she'd be in trouble if she defended herself in this manner?
Actually, this is when the defense of necessity comes in. Improvised weapons almost always can be justified if the defensive use of force is justified.
by srothstein
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Illegal Kitty Keychain
Replies: 29
Views: 1526

Re: Illegal Kitty Keychain

I hate when the news incorrectly cites the law. The keychain is not illegal. Using it as brass knuckles is illegal. The definition of brass knuckles is anything with fingerholes and a guard, made of a hard substance, that is designed, made, or adapted for causing serious bodily injury or death.

You can be convicted of having brass knuckles if you are wearing rings made of steel and hit someone with them but no one would claim the ring itself was illegal. The same is true of the keychain.

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