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Q: Legality of carrying brass knuckles. Is it legal to open carry brass knuckles in a fashion that it is visible.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Understanding the legality of carrying brass knuckles, especially in an open and visible manner, is important for ensuring that you're in compliance with the law. In New Mexico, the laws regarding weapons can be specific and sometimes vary from one jurisdiction to another.

Under New Mexico law, brass knuckles are generally considered illegal to carry. The state categorizes brass knuckles as a prohibited weapon. This means that both carrying them concealed and openly is typically against the law. The specific statute to look at is Section 30-7-2 of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA), which outlines the rules regarding illegal carrying of a deadly weapon.

Even if an item is visible and not concealed, if it falls under the category of a deadly weapon, as brass knuckles often do, carrying it can lead to legal issues. The law doesn't differentiate much between open and concealed carry in this regard.

Given the potential legal risks and the seriousness of weapons charges, it's wise to avoid carrying brass knuckles altogether in New Mexico. If you have specific questions or face a particular situation involving brass knuckles or any other weapon, it would be prudent to consult with an attorney who can provide legal advice based on the exact circumstances. They can help you navigate the complexities of weapon laws and ensure that your actions are within legal boundaries. Remember, staying informed about the law helps in making decisions that keep you on the right side of it.

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