Scottish Dirk in Texas

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    Scottish Dirk in Texas

    My wife was asking today if it's legal to carry her (beautiful) antique scottish dirk in Texas.

    I saw some posts from 2007 that said Dirks are illegal to carry here. Has there been any change in that?


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    'Fraid not. Dirks & Daggers are a no-go. Basically, anything that is double edged.
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    A Dirk is considered an illegal knife.

    PENAL CODE
    TITLE 10. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND MORALS
    CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS
    Sec.46.01.DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
    (1)"Club" means an instrument that is specially
    designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious
    bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument, and
    includes but is not limited to the following:
    (A)blackjack;
    (B)nightstick;
    (C)mace;
    (D)tomahawk.
    (2)"Explosive weapon" means any explosive or
    incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine, that is designed, made,
    or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury,
    death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose
    of causing such a loud report as to cause undue public alarm or
    terror, and includes a device designed, made, or adapted for
    delivery or shooting an explosive weapon.
    (3)"Firearm" means any device designed, made, or
    adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy
    generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device
    readily convertible to that use. Firearm does not include a firearm
    that may have, as an integral part, a folding knife blade or other
    characteristics of weapons made illegal by this chapter and that
    is:
    (A)an antique or curio firearm manufactured
    before 1899; or
    (B)a replica of an antique or curio firearm
    manufactured before 1899, but only if the replica does not use rim
    fire or center fire ammunition.
    (4)"Firearm silencer" means any device designed,
    made, or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm.
    (5)"Handgun" means any firearm that is designed,
    made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.

    (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)bowie knife;
    (E)sword; or
    (F)spear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    A Dirk is considered an illegal knife.
    Thanks. Appreciate it. I am discovering that laws regarding what tools one can use in Texas for self defense are somewhat schizophrenic.

    I wonder if we could get an "if you can obtain it, and carry it, knock yourself out" law passed. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ810 View Post
    I wonder if we could get an "if you can obtain it, and carry it, knock yourself out" law passed. ;-)
    That would make too much sense...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ810 View Post
    My wife was asking today if it's legal to carry her (beautiful) antique scottish dirk in Texas.

    I saw some posts from 2007 that said Dirks are illegal to carry here. Has there been any change in that?
    I doubt it's legal to carry but I do think you should post some pictures of that antique Scottish dirk.

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    Does anyone else find it odd that a Bowie knife is illegal to carry in Texas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Does anyone else find it odd that a Bowie knife is illegal to carry in Texas?
    If that's true I'd say it's quite ironic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ810 View Post
    My wife was asking today if it's legal to carry her (beautiful) antique scottish dirk in Texas.

    I saw some posts from 2007 that said Dirks are illegal to carry here. Has there been any change in that?
    well, she can't carry it, but you can still post some pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Does anyone else find it odd that a Bowie knife is illegal to carry in Texas?
    Yep, Texas has some strange knife laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I doubt it's legal to carry but I do think you should post some pictures of that antique Scottish dirk.
    Well it's the wife's so I'll have to check with her.

    I did learn this weekend that I was incorrect about it being an antique. Her dad got it for her and it's not an antique. Still a beautiful knife and scabbard.

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    I can not speak concerning TX.
    But in WA St they, as well as "Basket hilt Swords" are "illegal" to carry.

    But, I have often carried BOTH & never had a problem.

    Not counting BP/ML re- enacting = Weddings, "Burns Dinners", Formal Events & even into restaurants & stores during events.

    I also quite often carry one of my "Dirks" when I am " formally" attired ( Plays, Dinners, the Opera etc.)

    Never have had a problem. Below are a couple of" Dress Dirks"

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    Well in Texas they are "illegal knives" and carrying them is a Class A misdemeanor. When carried where alcohol is sold, it's a 3rd degree felony. They may be allowed some place like the "Renaissance Festival", if you are a participant in some of the events, but I wouldn't want to risk a felony conviction on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    Well in Texas they are "illegal knives" and carrying them is a Class A misdemeanor. When carried where alcohol is sold, it's a 3rd degree felony. They may be allowed some place like the "Renaissance Festival", if you are a participant in some of the events, but I wouldn't want to risk a felony conviction on it.
    Does this apply to "decorative" dirks; those with a blunt point and non-sharpened edge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Does this apply to "decorative" dirks; those with a blunt point and non-sharpened edge?
    Good question, the penal code makes no exceptions for "decorative knives/dirks". I guess it would also depend on the dirk itself. I've seen some decorative ones with a steel ball on the end to make stabbing impossible. That would make the "decorative dirk" argument more believable. I guess it would be the discretion of the LEO and DA on duty at the time you are stopped.

    If I were the LEO, I would probably let it go, especially if you were dressed in "period clothing" and it was an obviously part of your attire. But that's me....
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