Brass knuckles for students?
(West Babylon-WABC, May 20, 2006) (WABC) -- Police discovered brass knuckles, a weapon considered one of the deadliest, readily available to school children. They were being sold illegally right across the street from a high school on Long Island.
Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda has the story from West Babylon.
Store owner Jose Corona says the brass knuckles confiscated from his store were part of the inventory when he bought Convenience Plus on Little East Neck Road. West Babylon High School is right across the street. The store became familiar with students as the place to buy the deadly hand-held weapons.
Jose says that he wouldn't have sold the brass knuckles to kids if he knew they were illegal. "It says heavy-duty paperweight on the front," he says. "I didn't know they were illegal."
The brass knuckles sure look like the real thing, but their packaging labels them as a paperweight.
Three teenagers were caught with the brass knuckles purchased from the store. Two were juvenile students of the high school across the street. Luke J. Frey, a 19-year-old suspected gang member was charged with possession of a criminal weapon.
Luz Bourgos' husband bought a pair of brass knuckles at Convenience Plus, got into a bar brawl, and is now serving three months in jail.
"They're deadly. You punch somebody with those things in the right place and they're gone," she said while shopping at the store.
Other customers had no idea that brass knuckles are illegal and can kill.
Brass knuckles are classified under state law as one of the seven deadly weapons. "It's not allowed for a civilian to have. Even police officers don't carry brass knuckles," Lt. Jim Maher, of Suffolk County Police says.
Suffolk County Police say they fear that more kids may have gotten their hand on a pair of brass knuckles and don't know they're deadly weapons. They encourage anyone who finds them to turn them into authorities.
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