Maximum Knife Length Texas

Maximum Knife Length Texas

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    Maximum Knife Length Texas

    Hello I was just wondering what the maximum length a knife can be in Austin Texas and still be legal. Thanks a bunch!


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    Texas law says the blade can be up to five and a half inches and that's fine almost everywhere in the state. However, some cities - like San Antonio - have more restrictive statutes. I haven't heard anything about Austin being different than the state, but you'll need to check to be sure.

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    Here are some starting points:

    State Knife Laws

    Texas
    Summary: Folders under 5.5" OK.
    Max length: 5.5"
    Specifically illegal: Switchblade, throwing knives, daggers (in general), bowie knives, swords and spears.
    Relevant laws: Penal Code 46
    Quirks: The one state people associate with Bowie knives explicitly forbids them.

    http://knife-expert.com/tx.txt


    Texas - Health, Safety & Morals - 46.02. Unlawful carrying
    weapons. (a) A person commits an offense if intentionally,
    knowingly , or recklessly carries on or about his person a
    handgun, illegal knife, or club. [Exceptions: official;
    actor was own premises; was traveling; engaged in lawful
    hunting, fishing, or other sporting activity; security
    guard].
    - 46.01. Definitions. (1) "Club"... includes... (D)
    Tomahawk...
    (6) "Illegal knife" means a:
    (A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;

    (B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by
    being thrown;
    (C) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto,
    and poniard;
    (D) sword; or
    (E) spear.
    (7) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable
    of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or
    stabbing a person with the instrument.
    - 46.03. Places weapons prohibited.
    (a) A person commits an offense if, with a firearm, illegal
    knife, club, or prohibited weapon [includes switchblade
    knives], he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly goes:
    (1) on the physical premises of a school [or school bus];
    (2) on the premises of a polling place...
    [(3) a court; (4) a racetrack; (5) secured area of an
    airport].
    - 46.05. Prohibited Weapons. (a) A person commits and offense
    if he intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures,
    transports, repairs, or sells... (5) a switchblade
    knife... (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution
    under this section that the actor's conduct: (1) was
    incidental to dealing with a switchblade knife,
    springblade knife, or short-barrel firearm solely as an
    antique or curio...
    - 46.06. Unlawful transfer of certain weapons.
    (a) A person commits an offense if he... (2)... sells...
    gives... offers... to any child younger than 18 years any
    firearm, or illegal knife [except with written parental
    consent].

    Texas Case Law:
    - "A teacher could not carry weapons in his school room..."
    (1889)
    - Broken switchblade knife was still a "switchblade knife"
    within this section... (1986)
    - "Defendant's contention that he took knife to school to
    fight demons that plagued him did not defeat requisite
    state of mind for conviction..." (1993)


    Bernard Levine - Knife Expertise: Knife ID, Knife Laws, Knife Values
    Resources : American Knife and Tool Institute

    http://thefiringline.com/library/blades/knifelaws.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post

    State Knife Laws

    when you say max length: 5.5
    Is that just the blade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by levitationist View Post
    Hello I was just wondering what the maximum length a knife can be in Austin Texas and still be legal. Thanks a bunch!
    Unless they've changed the laws within the past few years, the city of Austin declares a locking blade of any length to be illegal.

    I know that seems crazy, check it out!

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    Is that just the blade?
    Yes, blade only:

    (6) "Illegal knife" means a:
    (A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;

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    I don't recall the details offhand, but Texas recently passed a law that removed the length restriction and the ban on Switchblade knives. I believe it took effect on September 1, but do look into it before you act based on my opinion. I think the information posted thus far in this thread does not reflect the most current Texas laws.

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    The change in the law effective September first is that switchblades are no longer illegal. There was no change to the blade length limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GettingOld2 View Post
    Unless they've changed the laws within the past few years, the city of Austin declares a locking blade of any length to be illegal.

    I know that seems crazy, check it out!

    i think you are thinking San Antonio. All locking knives are are illegal in San Antonio but I never heard of anything like that in Austin.
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    Yes,we have new laws,some that are less restrictive. The problem is finding a cop that actually knows the law. I worked with the public for close to 30 years. I heard conversations with police officers from various agencies over the years concerning knives. The opinions and knowledge were all over the place. I heard one officer say," if a closed folding knife is longer than my hand is wide,I can arrest the person". Another officer with over 25 years on the force recently said," stay under 3.5 inches blade length and you are legal". These were all Texas cops. I could probably think of over 50 conversations like this. So, I suppose we could argue at a traffic stop about switchblades or assisted opening knives and blade length, but on the roadside, the cop will win.This is not cop bashing,just my observations over the years.
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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Print out a copy of the knife laws and carry with you,that way if there is any question you can show them the State Statute,
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