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Texas Knife Laws

txThis Article has been updated on May 6, 2018 to include the updated statutes in the Texas penal code included specifically in the September 2017 House Bill #01935

Texas knife laws are mostly found in the Court’s decisions, or case law, as the statutes are short and do not provide much information about what any of the terms mean. This article summarizes the case law and the statutes so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Texas.

What is Legal to Own

What is Illegal

  • It is illegal to carry a “location-restricted” knife to/near specific locations (see details in the Conclusion of this article)

The Texas state legislature does not limit other knives.

What the Law States

State legislature is covered by the Unlawful Carrying Weapons law as well as some case precedence.

§ 46.02.  Unlawful Carrying Weapons

(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on
or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

(1) on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control….

§ 46.01.  Definitions

In this chapter:
…..(6) “Location-restricted” means a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;
(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.

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Definitions of Various Types of Knives

Switchblade

The Texas code defines switchblade knife as a knife, which has a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle, and that opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device located on the handle, by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force (spinning the knife). The term does not include a knife that has a spring or other mechanism designed to keep the blade closed and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias and open the knife. A switchblade does not have to be operable in its original condition in order to qualify as a switchblade under the law. In Smith v. State, the Texas Court of Appeals upheld Mr. Smith’s conviction for carrying a switchblade with a broken release mechanism, because Mr. Smith had used a rubber band to hold the blade in place, and could still operate the knife as a switchblade. The Court held that there was no statutory requirement that the knife operated in its original intended fashion to obtain a conviction under the statute. Update – as of September 1, 2013, switchblades are no longer illegal in the state of Texas.

Throwing Star

In 1983, in Albert v. State, the Court found that the arresting officer’s testimony, calling the objects found under Mr. Albert’s floor mat “martial arts throwing stars” and describing them as “having seven or eight points, like a saw blade, and very sharp” was sufficient to conclude that the objects were throwing stars and therefore, illegal to carry.

Dagger and Bowie Knife

Former Texas Penal Code 1161, in connection with the law of assault with intent to murder, defined “dagger” and “bowie knife” as any knife intended to be worn upon the person, which is capable of inflicting death, and is not commonly known as a pocket knife. In Armendariz v. State, the Court upheld Mr. Armendariz conviction for unlawfully carrying a dagger. It found that the weapon Mr. Armendariz carried, which was slightly over seven inches in length when open, equipped with a double guard, had a blade that locked in place when open and was sharpened on both edges for slightly more than an inch from the point, was a dagger, not a pocketknife.

Butterfly Knife

In 2005, in an unpublished decision, the Texas Court of Appeals found, in Cook v. State, that a butterfly knife fell within the statutory definition of a switchblade, and was therefore illegal to possess or carry. However, because the law which made switchblade knives illegal was repealed in 2013, butterfly knives are now legal to own in Texas.

A Totally UNRESTRICTED Weapon!  This is simply – COOL!

 

Restrictions on Carry

  • See CONCLUSION below

Carry restrictions do not apply to a person’s own vehicle or a vehicle that is under their control, as long as the weapon is being carried for a lawful purpose.

Definition of Blade

In Rainer v. State, Mr. Rainer was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon for having a large hunting knife concealed on his person when he was arrested at a lounge for failing to appear in Court the Texas Appellate Court held that blade was defined in the dictionary as the cutting part of a knife, not the sharpened part. Therefore, the blade of a knife was the part of the knife from the handle to tip and not just the sharpened portion.

Conclusion on Texas Knife Law

Effective September 1, 2017, a House Bill (HB 1935) put forth by Rep. John Frullo has been enacted and it has significantly reduced restrictions on what was one of the toughest laws pertaining to knife use in the country.  you can check out the entire bill here:

https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1935/2017

There is no “illegal knives” clause outlining daggers, stilettos, dirks, swords, spears and Bowie knives.  It has been removed, though knives that include a set of knuckles in the handle will remain illegal – see Sec. 46.05(2) of the Penal Code.

To summarize (and save you the hassle of wading through tons of statues), here’s what you need to know in the big picture:

Knives with knuckles (see above) and tomahawks (see – Sec. 46.01 (1)) are not legal to carry in Texas.  However, anyone (adult) can carry any knife anywhere as long as it is a maximum of 5.5 inches in length (blade).  There are some restrictions on locations (hence the term “location-restricted knives”).  You can’t carry any “location-restricted” knife (blade over 5.5 inches in length) to the following locations:

Schools and on any passenger transportation vehicle of a school

Polling Places

Courthouses

Airports past Security Screening (all knives are already prohibited by TSA)

Racetracks

Within 1,000 feet of the premises where an Execution is being conducted, if posted

Sporting Events (high school, collegiate or professional sporting event or interscholastic sporting event)

Correctional Facilities

Hospitals

Nursing Homes

Mental Hospitals

Amusement Parks

Churches, Synagogues and Established Places of Worship.

Sources

  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.01 (2012)
  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.02 (2012)
  • Tex. Penal Code § 46.05 (2012)
  • Rainer v. State, 763 S.W.2d 615 (Tex. App. 1989)
  • Smith v. State, 1988 Tex. App. (Tex. App. 1988)
  • Albert v. State, 659 S.W.2d 41 (Tex. App. 1983)
  • Armendariz v. State, 396 S.W.2d 132 (Tex. Crim. App. 1965)
  • Cook v. State, 2005 Tex. App. LEXIS 3053
  • HB 01935 Tex. Penal Code

Comments

  1. What is the Law on Ballistic Knives, ownership and carry. Also I work as a Private Military Contractor so this would be for work.

    1. There are a number of locations (see the full list on the post) where you cannot bring any weapon (ie. schools, courthouse, etc.) However, I couldn’t find any restriction on a ballistic knife though it seems its only purpose is to kill or maim someone.

    1. Based on what I just read, that is legal to carry if you are 18, everywhere except the restricted areas listed above.

  2. A machete would probably be considered a sword or a knife with over 5″ of blade. Either way you probably can’t get away with carrying it on you off of your property.

  3. Do the license to carry a handgun also pertain to some of the “illegal” knives listed?
    For instance, if I have my LTC in Texas, could I also then carry a concealed Bowie knife or knife with a blade longer than 5.5″?

    Just a curiosity driven by discussions I’ve seen on other forums about CCW laws…

    Thanks,

  4. So if I go hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping, I can’t carry a Bowie knife?

  5. We can carry a gun but not a Bowie knife? You can open carry an unloaded AR or an AK but not a Bowie? Ridiculous.

    1. A machete is normally viewed by Texas law as a extended form of a Bowie Knife.

  6. So I have a Bowie knife but the blade
    is only 5 inches long it’s still legal right

  7. I’m 15 and my pocket knife’s blade is only 4 inches, is it okay to carry around?

  8. Can you carry a knife shorter than 5 1/2 inches if you’re a minor?

  9. You can still own, carry, and take out a knife if it’s shorter than 5 1/2 inches right?!

  10. Go on YouTube and look up if stiletto switchblades are legal in Texas then you will find news reports saying that they are, according to this website they say they are illegal to carry is this up to date? Somebody please respond. Plus if you have a stiletto switchblade that has a blade length of 6 inches but the cutting length is the legal limit is it legal to carry?

  11. The definition of switchblade knife above includes knives opening by gravity, so why are gravity knives illegal. What am I not understanding. Thanks.

  12. More control over the citizens of the USA. This is all bullshit!

  13. Complaining about tight knife laws does nothing, contact your representative about the issue, I did.

  14. -you cant carry a gravity knife around!
    but its spring assisted.
    -Oh… Then my bad, you’re good
    yayy 😀

    You can’t carry a throwing knife around!
    – But its a tacti-cool survival paracord handle knife
    Oh… My bad, you’re good
    – Yayy 😀

  15. actually in tx its not a chl any longer its now a LTC License to Carry

  16. What is the point 🙂 ? In Texas you can legally open carry a loaded assault rifle or any long gun for that matter without needing any special license. Activist groups even walked in the state capital carrying these weapons to prove their point 🙂 ! They should cut out the knife restrictions. Government can get whacky at times. In Austin an adult can drive 70 miles per hour on a motorcycle without a helmet but if he gets on a bicycle he must wear a helmet. Stupid laws. http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/13/gun-rights-activists-cause-stir-texas-capitol/

  17. That is the perfect life goal carry 2 IMI Desert Eagles and go DeadPool…. makes amazing feel on person anywhere

  18. The thing is, the penal code describes “ILLEGAL” & “PROHIBITED” weapons, and 46.15 does not allow those in the manner you think. It allows a legal weapon to be carried with a valid permit…a concealed handgun. That’s it. You can try and spin it how you like, but I promise you, there’s nothing in the penal code that reverses illegal and prohibited weapons being carried in instances other than what’s directly mentioned. If it meant allowing illegal or prohibited weapons everywhere, then that would be listed along with the concealed weapon as being exempt. I see how you can read that and interpret it that way, but I promise you, any charges brought would be help up. There’s a thing called reasonable person standard. A reasonable person would not carry that shit around and think its good to go.

    1. Where does the penal code describe “ILLEGAL & PROHIBITED?” All I’ve been able to find is 46.01 which defines “Illegal Knife” and 46.02 which prohibits carrying them. 46.15(b) makes 46.02 non-applicable to CHL holders that also have their handguns with them.

  19. I consider Texas laws bullshit, I will continue to conceal carry, and fuk Texas permit and laws

  20. Okay, quick question i own a 13″ heavy blade full tang Bowie knife i frequently carry this knife on my hunting trips as it is shorter than a machete but has the weight to cut small tree limbs and brush as i need to. I know the law states that i am not allowed to open carry this knife. My question is am i allowed to carry this knife in the function of a tool while hunting?

    1. Section 46.15 subsection (b) lists several things that makes 46.02 not apply. One is having a CHL and your handgun on your person. Another is hunting, fishing etc. You should be good to go.

  21. Texas knife laws must be changed so we can carry our battle knives as well as our rifles and handguns openly.

  22. This is ridiculous. This is what a carry. I live in Austin. Legal or no? No one has said anything yet… I do not own a handgun therefore I do not have a CHL. I do not have restrictions where I could not have either of the two, I am just a broke ass artist that can’t afford to deal with police harassment, and can’t afford to not be able to defend myself in this wacky ass world.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/728687/buck-655-short-nighthawk-knife-4-7-8-serrated-420hc-stainless-steel-clip-point-blade-black-rubber-handle-olive-drab-and-black-with-nylon-sheath

  23. so, im confused. Is it illegal to own a blade(machete, knife, kukri, sword, ect.) over 5 inches or is it illegal to carry it publicly?

  24. So unless I have my CHL then I could open carry and be able to conceal my bowie knife legally ?

  25. As of September 1st of 2015 a law was passed in the Texas State Legislature that state laws concerning knives supersede ALL laws of county and city or principality. San Antonio’s archaic weapons laws just became null and void. They can no longer pass any weapons laws which are more restrictive than State laws. Check it out.

  26. As usual, there is a lot of bitching and complaining about Texas Knife laws, being so restrictive. But, on my last visit to my state representatives office, I asked about the influx of complaints pertaining to these laws and guess what he told me? He said, “I dont hear much at all about knives in general”. So, I gotta ask, Do any of you good folks, who complain, even vote? Do you call or write your congressmen?? You pay them a lot of money to represent you and trust me, they do want to hear from you.

    1. unless you have a CHL …….then……excaliber

  27. So any knife worth a damn is illegal in TX,. so much for your right to bear arms.

    1. You can own almost any knife you want, besides a gravity knife. You just can’t open/conceal carry. Hell, just keep the knife you’re not allowed to carry in your car.

    2. it just sucks to me that Texas says all the tie it prides itself on the right to bear arms, yet has the most restrictions on civil rights I have seen, 5 1/2″ blade length? Really? I mean I don’t want to carry around a machete unless I am bush whacking through forest. But do you know how hard it to find a good knife that is full tang with a blade 5 1/2″ of shorter? I do a lot of survival stuff and a knife that short is pretty much useless. I did find a knife set that I just got that was ok, but still not what I want to carry. Its a Shrade set of a full tang and a folding knife set: COM5CP High Carbon IS THE SET that included a Schrade – SCH002 – Folding knife with a 3 1/2″ blade and the Schrade – SCHF29 – Fixed Blade at 5″ blade that comes with the holder that carries both of them. They are pretty nice knives. Its kind of a heavy knife to use but still I would not want to try to bush whack with it too much here. Self defense? Mmm Maybe?

    3. Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to § 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw i just keep reposting. can you believe it?!! funny thing is California allows to carry ANY blade openly. weeiirrdd.

    4. Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to § 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw

  28. Hatchets, Hand-Axes and Machetes are legitimate camp and yard tools and even a homeless vagabond, who owns no vehicle, should be allowed to carry such inside their pack. … If a tool has a legitimate peaceful use, such as an 8 inch Chef’s Knife or an 18″ Machete, then, ANY citizen should be allowed to have and carry that tool inside personal luggage, in a back-pack, on a motorcycle, etc. … Basically, guilt and threat are assumed in advance of any violent act. … This is PRE-CRIME and it is NOT CONSTITUTIONAL !!

    1. unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15

      YOU CAN CARRY A SWORD, A FREAKING MACE, ANY BATON, TOMAHAWK, MACHETE.

      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructer either didn’t know this or failed to mention. I’m getting a bowie knife, samauri sword, expandable baton……I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

    2. 46.15 only seems to apply to peace officers, bailiffs, security, and the like.

    3. …actually, that section goes on and says exactly what you said. Whoa.

    4. If you read section 46.15, it specifies that if you have an LTC/CHL, you may only be carrying a handgun.
      “(6) is carrying:

      (A) a license issued under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, to carry a handgun; and

      (B) a handgun:

      (i) in a concealed manner; or

      (ii) in a shoulder or belt holster;”

    5. “(b) Section 46.02 does not apply to a person who…” It doesn’t say I can only carry a handgun. It says 46.02 doesn’t apply if I’m legally carrying.

  29. I don’t see a karambit listed among the illegal weapons (or weapons you can’t carry.) Since it’s not a stabbing weapon, is a karambit legal to carry concealed? The blade’s only about 3 1/2 inches.

  30. Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to § 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and ccw..

    1. It does not make you immune. What an ignorant statement.

    2. the CCW permit allows you to carry firearms, but not knives

    3. Uh yes sir it does.

      PC §46.15. NON-APPLICABILITY. (b) Section 46.02 does not apply to a person who:
      (6) is carrying a concealed handgun and a valid license issued under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, to carry a concealed handgun

      There for granting Immunity to § 46.02 as long as the person is carrying their handgun and their license.
      I can go into more story time reading if you would like or you could read it yourself.

      https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/internetforms/Forms/CHL-16.pdf

    4. Kamron, save yourself a lot of headache and trouble and have this conversation with your attorney.

    5. Are you still arguing this point??? There it is, Written in the state law. allow me to drive it home for you. I am a cc holder, and I have discussed this with my attorney. Guess what? He showed me the same thing I just Posted! Concealed Carry license makes you Immune to § 46.02 as long as you are carrying your license and concealed handgun. <— Educated, proven, and legally binding fact.

    6. Thank you for your comments, Kamron. Great Info. @Brian, you’re an idiot. I don’t know it could have been more clear. I talked to a cop today about it and he also confirmed the law. I would say that if a cop arrested a person, as mentioned by Ricky Moore, you would have a great lawsuit.

    7. That was my understanding, too. It’s what the law says, so I’m not sure how it can be misinterpreted. It’s pretty plainly written.

    8. hey everyone. he’s right. get a chl and carry a dang lance!!!

    9. you are so awesome for knowing this and sharing. time to finally start carrying some freaking ninja stars boooyyyeeeeee!!!!!!

    10. it does make you “immune technically” it is you who are ignorant. as was I lol. :-]

    11. The only problem with that theory, is that one of those open carry activists was concealed carrying his pistol, had his CHL on him, had a knife with a 6 inch blade on him, and a Texas DPS officer arrested him for carrying an illegal knife.

      Apparently, at least some Texas law enforcement don’t give a shite about the law, and will arrest you anyways.

  31. What is the age to purchase a Poket Knife (Switch Blade) I am 16 1/2 and wanted to know can I buy one

    1. I don’t know the answer to your question, but anyone over 6 shouldn’t say, “and a half”, after stating there age.

    2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SO TRUE OH WOWEEE THATS shome sheriously funny shtuff

  32. Carry restrictions do not apply to a person’s own vehicle or a vehicle that is under their control, as long as the weapon is being carried for a lawful purpose.

    1. Texas Knife Laws
      Texas knife laws are mostly found in the Court’s decisions, or case law, as the statutes are short and do not provide much information about what any of the terms mean. This article summarizes the case law and the statutes so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Texas.
      What is Legal to Own
      It is legal to own throwing stars or any type of throwing knife
      It is legal to own dirks, daggers, stilettos, and other stabbing knives
      It is legal to own a bowie knife
      It is legal to own a sword or spear
      It is legal to own a switchblade knife
      It is legal to own a pocketknife
      It is legal to own a Balisong, or butterfly knife

    2. § 46.02. Unlawful Carrying Weapons

      (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on

      or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

      (1) on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or

      (2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control….

      § 46.01. Definitions

      In this chapter:

      …..(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.

      (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

      basically if it counts as an illegal knife you cant carry it unless its in your home or in your vehicle/going towads your vehicle, also handguns and clubs apply this as well. in the article it defines an illegal knife that you cant carry, so as long as the blade is within those parameters your should be fine (Ex: A butterfly knife can be carried as long as its not a double edged dagger or longer than 5 1/2 inches or designed to be thrown) might still want to check in with local authorities (local laws vary) and have the laws at hand just in case. might be wrong

    3. If you have a CHL, these are aallllllllll LEGAL!!!!!!!

    4. I’m not sure how copying and pasting the article into the comments is helpful.

    5. not with a CHL. THAT ALLOWS YOU TO CARRY ANYTHING but maybe not a gravity knife. what’s the deal with gravity knives? who wants one of those? why are they illegal?

    6. As of September 1st of 2015 a law was passed in the Texas State Legislature that state laws concerning knives supersede ALL laws of county and city or principality. San Antonio’s archaic weapons laws just became null and void. They can no longer pass any weapons laws which are more restrictive than State laws. Check it out.

  33. HI I have a question. Is it legal for me to carry my foot long K-Bar in my truck. I had someone tell me that in their conceal carry class it was said that it is illegal to have anything over 5.5″ in your car or on your person. If any of you know Texas state law or could tell me how to find it I would be greatfull.

  34. I carry a open blade knife everywhere I go.with it in the same sheath is also a locking type folding knife.san antonio laws confuse me couse they say I can’t carry eather one.now I was at denny’s a police officer asked if he could see my knifes I did so.he and his partner both said they liked my knives handed them back.i don’t git it . confusing

    1. As of September 1st of 2015 a law was passed in the Texas State Legislature that state laws concerning knives supersede ALL laws of county and city or principality. San Antonio’s archaic weapons laws just became null and void. They can no longer pass any weapons laws which are more restrictive than State laws.

    1. Gray area. Lawful use, sure, but if you’re carrying a kitchen knife on your belt and not wearing a chef outfit it looks highly suspect. Keep it in your mess kit and it’s probably ok. In any case I suggest consulting with your local Sheriff’s office if you plan on carrying one around.

  35. So can I legally carry a balisong (butterfly knife) either concealed or open carry in Texas? Or is it illegal to carry period?

    1. There is literally a section titled “butterfly knives” that explicitly states that they are now legal. Presumably only the length restriction applies.
      “Butterfly Knife
      In 2005, in an unpublished decision, the Texas Court of Appeals found, in Cook v. State, that a butterfly knife fell within the statutory definition of a switchblade, and was therefore illegal to possess or carry. However, because the law which made switchblade knives illegal was repealed in 2013, BUTTERFLY KNIVES ARE NOW LEGAL TO OWN IN TEXAS” … unless I’m missing something else.

    2. It’s legal to own it. But it’s illegal to carry/take it to places you don’t own or control

    3. wrong!!!!! legal to carry. says so at the top of this very page!!!!!!!

    1. yeah I agree with you because its stupid that you can own them but you can’t carry them with because I carry my knife for self defense……then why the hell do they let us own them? like wtf

    2. A knife for self defense is almost always a horrible idea. Unless you are trained with a karambit, most knives are useless unless they also have a knife. Who robs someone with a knife you ask? No one.

    3. it doesn’t matter if it is a horrible idea or not. if i feel more safe carrying a sword, spear, ax, or numerous knives, then why should i be able to. most people who carry around a pistol aren’t trained in them. they only think that having one should at least scare the robbers away. and FYI, there are more stabbings than shootings because knives are easier to get than guns, so apparently a lot of people try to rob with knives rather than guns.

    4. Show me a shred of evidence that proves what you just said. A karambit is a fighting knife for martial arts. A pistol does not really require training. If we let people do whatever they wanted to because it made them feel safe, by that standard many people would have mounted weapons on their vehicals. This Isnt mad Max, and it’s not Rambo. This is the real world, as sad as it is we have to deal with that fact.

    5. listen bro, if you have ever shot a gun before, which im assuming you have then you know dang well that you need about as much training to use one as you do to use a longbow, point and shoot. you probably need more training in the maintenance of the weapon than actually using the weapon. as far as doing whatever you want. i dont see anywhere in my previous comment that says anything about doing what you want unless you are talking about me feeling more safe with a knife than a gun. if that is the case, then i can see what you are coming from, but we are just talking about melee weapons and ranged weapons, not siege weapons are military grade weapons which should be left to the military. and dont even start with that whole real world bull. the world can be changed as it has been numerous times in the past, that realization you are talking about is just giving up because you are tired of trying. if that is the case then i see no reason for our convo to continue. i eagerly await the next person who wishes to debate.

    6. Any knife can be used as a fighting knife – who cares if it’s a karambit or not???

    7. I’m sorry but you are a tad bit of a moron if you think knives are useless as self defense weapons. A gun definitely requires more know-how to operate and a lot of people are still assaulted, killed, robbed and raped using a knife. As long as you know how to hold a knife and what parts of the body are more vulnerable to it, you can use one effectively for self defense.

    8. Where you get this from?? Plenty of people are robbed/assaulted at knife point.

    9. I carry a knive….well I always have a variety of knives at hand and I’d go for it a hell of a lot quicker than I would the 38 I got

    10. I’ve had friends robbed with a knife.

    11. I guess they think that if you have a Bowie knife you should just frame it above your fireplace.

      This state was settled by people carrying Bowie knives. I wonder if the dadgumb Texas legislature understands that.

    12. unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15
      YOU CAN CARRY A SWORD, A FREAKING MACE, ANY BATON, TOMAHAWK, MACHETE.
      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructor either didn’t know this or failed to mention.I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

    13. Call me stupid if you want to but what exactly is CHL?

    14. It seems to me that TX P.C. 46.15 is providing exemptions rather than permission. It really doesn’t apply only to CHLs. A CHL is for handguns as oppose to a “concealed carry deadly weapons” permit, like in KY.

    15. Yes. Because a gun is in our legal rights, 2nd amendment

  36. As far as throwing stars are concerned it is legal to OWN one, however it is illegal to CARRY one. I’m just glad butterfly knives are back on the menu.

    1. NINJA STARS ARE GOOD TO GO IF YOU HAVE A CHL……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as are any blade. boom.

  37. Considering that it is theoretically possible to throw any knife, wouldn’t that make all knives illegal to carry?

    1. It is possible to throw any knife but a throwing knife is only a knife that is more specifically designed to be thrown unlike other knifes that aren’t meant to be thrown.

  38. I need my knives so I can kill me some negroes if they ever try to come after me!

    1. And you just landed yourself in prison. Legal terms you were in fear of severe bodily harm and lawfully used your knife to stop the threat. You’re welcome.

  39. Anthony/Will/Anyone else – Blade length and sharpened edges, not overall length, is what matters per Texas law, as of today.

    ANY single-edge knife with a BLADE length of 5.5″ or less is legal to carry, openly or concealed, in Texas.

    As of 01 Sept 2013, switchblades, balisongs and gravity knives became legal to carry in Texas, as long as they meet the other criteria for being legal to carry – 5.5″ max BLADE length AND SINGLE edge.

    No where in the Texas Penal Code is a “gravity knife” specifically prohibited to be owned. The only place in the Texas Penal Code that the words “gravity” and “knife” appear in the same place is in the definition of a switchblade knife and even then they were not prohibited from ownership, just public carry.

  40. Last that I heard, it is legal to openly carry a fixed blade knife with a blade length of less than six inches. I shall, and should recommend that we all check for any/all law changes since Perry has been in-house for such a long time. I have a good friend, looks like an old time mountain man, carries a knife within a sheath on his belt, less than six inches blade, everywhere that he goes daily. Never been messed with. This entire restrictiveness disgusts me. Texas! My home state, but talk about paranoid.

    1. unless you have CHL!!!!!!!! THEN you can carry just about anything. penal code 46.15
      YOU CAN CARRY A SWORD, A FREAKING MACE, ANY BATON, TOMAHAWK, MACHETE.
      You just have to have your CHL license and also your handgun on you!!! Just found this out!!! CHL cop instructer either didn’t know this or failed to mention. I’m getting a bowie knife, samauri sword, expandable baton……I’m not sure about a battle axe, however but it doesn’t say you can’t!!!!!!! I would print out the penal code and put it in your wallet tho. ;-}

  41. So in texas is it illegal to carry a fixed blade with a blade length of 4″ and a total length of 10″ and an e.d.c.?

    1. It’s legal. Your knife may measure a total of 10″ but as long as the blade is less than 5 1/2″ you’re good to go.

  42. In the years before Texas became a State, it became fashionable for Texas Legislators to carry Bowie Knives, on their persons at all times, even on the floor of the Senate. During a turbulent verbal altercation between two lawmakers,I’m told, a fight ensued, with these Bowie Knives, one Senator killing the other. No wonder Texas has such punitive knife laws, and yes, it is my understanding that not only are Bowie Knives illegal to carry within the state, but specifically named as permanently barred from legislative functions, altogether. I have not checked the new law changes enacted in 2013…

  43. Armendariz v. State, 396 S.W.2d 132 (Tex. Crim. App. 1965) says that a dagger is a knife sharpened on both sides, and daggers are illegal.

  44. Single edged blade of 5.5 inches or less is legal to carry, folding or not. New changes in laws on automatics, so check if carrying those.

  45. Up to a five and a half inch fixed blade knife is legal to carry in texas. Switchblade laws and gravity knife laws are simply playing on stupid semantics. I was carjacked by a guy with a commercial steak knife once. Plastic handle pointed serrated blade about $5 for a pack of 10. Beaurocrats are pure ignoramus’.

    1. Yeah, 5.5 inch blades are safe, but they become dangerous once they become longer than that.

      Politicians are dumb.

    1. It’s legal. The blade meets the 5 1/2″ restriction.

    2. Ray does this also account for full tang knives as long as the blade is under 5.5″?

    3. It should. The tang is not measured as part of the blade. Most tangs go into the handle. Blade is usually measured from the tip of the blade to where it meets the handle or bolster.

    1. There is no “legal” definition of a Bowie knife in Texas law. What gets you in trouble is that the traditional Bowie has a second sharpened blade. Keep the top end of the blade dull (false edge) and you are carrying a clip point knife. Keep blade under 5.5″ and you are good to go.

    2. I always thought the Bowie knife was a knife with the stabbing guard – a plate or cover at the base, so when you stab someone, your hand can not slide past the handle, onto the blade.

  46. Texas Switchblade laws have changed – Effective SEPTEMBER 1, 2013! Check the Texas.gov website for legal description(s) on carrying — I do not want to errantly tell you what the new laws are. Certain Texas city/municipalities – like San Antonio, still outlaw them. Beware local jurisdictions! You could, in Texas, always OWN/COLLECT switchblades & OTF’s (Out The Front) knives. You just cound not carry them!

  47. There have been changes in the laws as of September 1, 2013 concerning switchblades. Please check your information.

  48. The thing to remember in Texas is that state law does not overrule local laws where knives are concerned. Your legal knife can become illegal by simply crossing a city or county boundary.

    1. After Sept 1 2015 Texas knife preemption goes into effect. Local ordinances can go pound sand after that. Suck it San Antonio!

  49. In reading the article on Texas knife laws, it states that it is “Illegal to Own” a switchblade, among a few other knife types. Later, state law (Section 46.02 Unlawful Carrying Weapons) is quoted that possibly is the genesis of this statement. I’ve read this law myself and want to point out that it doesn’t state that a switchblade (and other cited knife types) are illegal to “own”, rather it states that they are illegal to “carry”. I think that is an important distinction and while there may be another law that declares a switchblade illegal to own, I don’t believe the cited law states that.

  50. Heller. The right of self-defense is a Right since the cave man days and a rock v. spear.
    recklessly is the key word. Castle Doctrine is in effect. In the words of King Leonidas, “Molon Labe.”

  51. What’s the point. All knifes can kill just the same. Why limit some when it doesn’t friggin’ matter! If someone wants to kill, then they’ll kill.

  52. Texas law changes on September 1st. A lot of those definitions change. Also switchblades etc. will be legal. Can’t find link but law just signed by Governor Perry in the last month.

  53. So simple, why then does the article at the top state that throwing stars are LEGAL, then in the Albert Vs. Texas states they are ILLEGAL. Plus it goes on to elaborate why throwing stars are illegal in carry, or conceal.
    Simple is not here.

  54. It is sad to think that Jim Bowie was in possession of an illegal knife. Sounds like the Court might have sided with Santa Ana.

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