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Are Self Defense Keychains Legal?

I've been training in martial arts since the 1980s and consistently since the '90s. I am a 2nd-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.

There are various self-defense key chains on the market. But are they legal?

There are various self-defense key chains on the market. But are they legal?

There is a popular self-defense keychain on the market known variously as a “cat safety keychain”, a “cat self-defense keychain” and other names. Point is, it’s a keychain and you can slip your fingers through two holes in it and the cat’s “ears” stick out between your fingers so that you could, possibly, jab those ears right into somebody’s eyes.

Unfortunately, it is questionable whether these key chains are legal. Lena Dunham, actress and creator of the show “Girls”, was even detained at the airport because she had a self-defense cat keychain.

Basically, this weapon/keychain can be construed as brass knuckles, or knuckle dusters, because the purpose of the product is to protect the hand but allow you to do some major damage to somebody’s face. Therefore, in all likelihood these little weapons are not legal, especially in states that have outlawed knuckle dusters like California, Michigan, Illinois, Vermont, New York, DC, Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts.

The Kubotan is an option for self-defense. But is it legal?

The Kubotan is an option for self-defense. But is it legal?

Kubotan Self Defense Keychain

You might be tempted to purchase the Kubotan keychain because it appears to be an innocuous keychain and figure it cannot be interpreted as a weapon. However, Kubotans are often structured as impact weapons, can even be used to break car windows in emergencies, and usually have a pointed end. Some are pretty heavy and also are constructed to give the user quite a nice grip on the tool.

The Munio Self Defense Key Chain is legal and effective.

The Munio Self Defense Key Chain is legal and effective.

The Munio Self Defense Key Chain

So, a much better alternative as an effective self-defense tool that is still within the realm of legality is the Munio Self-Defense Keychain. It is solid like the other keychains out there but could just as well be ornamental. Unlike brass knuckles, it isn’t made of metal and also isn’t designed to protect the hand like knuckle dusters. However, if used correctly–with hammering and slashing strikes, and, possibly, for the more astute, some wrist-locks, arm-bars and pressure point attacks–it is an effective self-defense tool.

With beautiful design and sturdy construction, the Munio Self-Defense Keychain is also strong enough to be used as a personal protection tool if necessary and is legal to carry on the street and at the airport. It is easy to handle, fits in the palm of the hand, and the bottom end can be used for stabbing at the face and nerves, while the top end with the keys attached can be used to swing and slash at the attacker's eyes. Perfect little ornamental self-defense unit.

Munio Self-Defense Key-Chain

Self-defense is an important consideration for everyone, for self-preservation and for the protection of family and other loved ones. It would be prudent to explore options that will enhance your ability to defend yourself and others if necessary. Indeed, you don't want to take chances, and having the upper-hand is crucial in coming out of a confrontation unscathed or, at least, not too much worse for the wear. Intelligence dictates that examination of all options is necessary.

A legal self-defense key-chain is one such option to consider.

© 2021 Nathan Bernardo

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