In my latest YouTube video at Combat Sports Lawyer Explains I tackle the old myth of martial artists registering their hands as deadly weapons. Believe it or not there is some truth to this rumour in one US jurisdiction. More practically the law and martial arts training sometimes run into each other in cases of assault, battery and self defence.
For those looking for more on these topics here are some past write ups and below is the text of the actual Guam registration law:
§ 62102. Registration. The Department of Revenue and Taxation shall register each karate or judo expert who applies therefor and shall keep a roster of such experts. On issuance of the registration certificate by the Department of Revenue and Taxation, the applicant shall bring such certificate to the License Division of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, which shall bill the applicant for the required fee. On payment of the required fee to the Treasurer of Guam, the Treasurer shall receipt therefor on the face of the registration certificate and return such certificate to the applicant. The registration certificate with the receipt of the Treasurer marked on the face therefor shall constitute evidence of registration.
Mixed Martial Artist’s Hands Deemed “Deadly Weapons” in Texas Assault Case
Martial Artists Hands as Deadly Weapons!
For this interested in more on this topic a recent case from North Carolina was brought to my attention further illustrating the ‘hands as deadly weapons’ approach taken by the criminal law occasionally. The case can be found here https://casetext.com/case/state-v-dew-101709 Where the following principle from past cases was set out
“An assailant’s hands may be considered deadly weapons for the purpose of the crime of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury depending upon the manner in which they were used and the relative size and condition of the parties.” State v. Allen , 193 N.C. App. 375, 378, 667 S.E.2d 295, 298 (2008)