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  Possession of a Deadly Weapon — Metal Knuckles
Penal Code section 12020(a)(1) prohibits a person from possessing a variety of deadly weapons, including metal knuckles.  This crime is a wobbler which means that it can be charged as a misdemeanor (maximum punishment one year in jail) or a felony (maximum punishment three years state prison).  Recently, the California Supreme Court limited what constituted metal knuckles in In re David V.  In this case, a minor was caught with a bicycle footrest in his pocket and was subsequently convicted of Penal Code section12020(a)(1) for possessing metal knuckles. However, the California Supreme Court has ruled that a bicycle footrest does not constitute metal knuckles because the item isn’t a device worn in or on the hand.

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