For the first time in 101 years, brass knuckles will be legal in Texas beginning Sunday.
"If someone has a novelty item or a legitimate self-defense tool, we really shouldn't be prosecuting them for that," Moody told KXAN. "That's not a good use of resources."
In 2017, 93 people were convicted of possessing brass knuckles, the Morning News reported.
The Texas Penal Code defines knuckles as "any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles," the Tribune reported.
This is not the first legislation Moody has sponsored to change the weapon-carrying laws in Texas. In 2017, he authored a bill that eliminated a 145-year-old state ban on carrying knives in public.
Texas lawmakers passed a bill in 2013 that removed switchblades from the list of banned weapons.
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