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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) http://www.knife-expert.com
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More info for you concerning Weapons in general.
WoW, lots of things are illegal in Texas that I was not aware of and people have gone to jail for things I thought were legal.
HOWEVER, it's important to note here that some of these laws have changed in regards to Handguns. It is now legal to carry a firearm in a vehicle as long as it is concealed, and you may carry it concealed on your person from the vehicle to a private residence.
Of course if you are on private property these laws do not apply, except in the Cities.
Also, be aware that all of these laws are at the discretion of the Peace Officer you may be in contact with. You may only be charged with a crime IF the peace officer decides to arrest you and file the charges.
In my experience, at least here in Texas, if you immediately make a weapon known to an officer upon contact they will usually not give you a hard time about any weapon, except in cases where your carrying a concealed handgun on your person without a CHL.We drive around out here with all kinds of Rifles, Pistols, and Shotguns but it is understood that we primarily do so for protection of property and livestock and it is difficult to constantly remove them when traveling around to town or otherwise.
Be respectful to the Officers and they will usually treat you fairly. Most of the LEO's that I know are understanding and in fact do not agree with the current laws and will not press charges unless you have a criminal background.
Double edged with no hilt would be construed as a throwing knife and or dagger. Illegal to carry, not to own. You can carry it all you want on private property.
I know it's confusing, they like to make it that way so you have a harder time beating the charges when charged.
BUT, lets start getting on to our state reps and trying to elect local and state reps that are on board with the idea that we as ADULTS don't need Babysitters and believe in the right to self defense. Carrying a weapon of any kind should only be illegal when it's used in a crime against another, PERIOD. Assumed intent is and never should be a CRIME.
By Texas laws if the knife is single edged and it is 5 and 1/2 inches or less in length they cannot arrest you for carrying it. If it is over 5 and 1/2 inches long they can arrest you for carrying it. If it is double edged even if it is 5 and 1/2 inches long or less they can arrest you for carrying it.
That's the jest of it there Thanks TR.