This is a discussion on Texas knife law? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Buckles make sure you put that thing in a case or something. it is illegal for you to own unless you are ...
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(11) "Switchblade knife" means any knife that has a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle or sheath and that opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device located on the handle or opens or releases a blade from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force.
I would like to know if I am allowed to carry my cold steel kobun (1) on my belt out in the open (2) and/or in my boot concealed. I figured sinse it is barley under 5 1/2 I should have no worries right?
Thanks Buckles for clearing it up for me. I just got the kobun and I loved it much I just want it next to me at all times. Now cold steel says it is 5.5 but measuring from top of the spine, right out of the handle to the tip, most I got was 5 3/8. Is this the right way to measure blade length?
They are mentioned in 46.01 (11), but only for the purpose of a definition. They are also mention a little further down in 46.05.
they are defined as Prohibited Weapons and therefore are illegal to own. It does not matter whether you are on your own premises or not.
Sec. 46.05. PROHIBITED WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or sells:
(1) an explosive weapon;
(2) a machine gun;
(3) a short-barrel firearm;
(4) a firearm silencer;
(5) a switchblade knife;
(7) armor-piercing ammunition;
(8) a chemical dispensing device; or
(9) a zip gun.
(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;
It is still only an affirmative defense to prosecution that you had them as an antique or curio. You can still be charged and found guilty or possessing a prohibited weapon.
Buckles, I stand corrected. You are right, I was wrong. I will delete the post. Thank you. Locally, our law enforcement folks treat switchblades as illegal knives, not prohibited weapons, and I was going on that without reading far enough in my Penal Code. The only time anybody gets prosecuted around here for switchblade possession is if they are busted for some other crime or if they are actually carrying. I probably know 25 people or more who own balisongs and true switchblades, none of whom have C&R licenses.
Just as a reference for anyone else that reads this thread, here is the page with just about everything you need to know about Texas and its knife laws. Keep in mind that this does not include individual city ordinances that may prohibit certain types of knives.
PENAL CODE**CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS
I don't know of any Texas law limiting fixed blades differently from folders -- it's 5 1/2" blades for both.
There are limits specifically for double edged and bowie knives (maybe some others).
None of the legal knives require a license so the CHL is irrelevant to them and the CHL doesn't give those who have it a pass on anything in addition (neither longer nor the bowie for instance.)
If any of you live around Austin (or Killeen) we have a defensive knife training group that meets each week.
I've only arrested once and that was because she lied about her name since she thought she had warrants....ended up not having warrants and I hooked her up for carrying the switchblade, her second offense, oh...original stop was for soliciting prostitution
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