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Switchblade legal edc? Texas.

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by Crossed Fire, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Crossed Fire

    Crossed Fire

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    Apr 20, 2017
    Would it be legal to carry a switchblade as my edc knife in the Fort Worth area? It's a single edge and only about 2 inches long. Information I've looked up seems to be mixed and very old so some updated info would be much appreciated! If you could provide me with the law or ordinance that says I can or can't that would be perfect!
     
  2. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    As long as the knife has a blade of less than 5.5 inches and is single edged, it is legal to carry in Texas, whether open or concealed. Regardless of opening mechanism.
     
  3. Crossed Fire

    Crossed Fire

    3
    Apr 20, 2017
    Can city ordinances affect this in anyway? Or is it possible to to be legal on one county and not in another? Just the auto knife part. it's less than 5inches and has only one edge.
     
  4. amflud

    amflud Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    No, counties and municipalities can no longer pass laws or ordinances more restrictive than the state law. The State Law is the law of the land.
     
  5. Crossed Fire

    Crossed Fire

    3
    Apr 20, 2017
    Thanks so much for all the information.
     
  6. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Of course, you have to be prepared for the fact that sometimes the police aren't up to date on the law.
     
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  7. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Hopefully, 2 years after implementation of the pre-emption bill, they have all gotten the word. I know that the LEOs of 2 dinky towns closest to me know about it, all 4 officers.
     
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  8. Cale82

    Cale82

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    Monday
    Is that 5.5 for the blade or the blade plus handle length?
     
  9. Theblade2

    Theblade2

    10
    Apr 15, 2015
    blade
     
  10. Cale82

    Cale82

    11
    Monday
    That's what I thought but I've heard different answers from local LEOs
     
  11. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Measurement is a straight line from the tip to the guard or where the guard would be if the knife had a guard.

    Think the front of the bolster on a folding knife, the back of the blade on a guardless fixed blade, such as a paring knife or butcher knife.
     
  12. Theblade2

    Theblade2

    10
    Apr 15, 2015
    That's one of the benefits of HB1935 this session. "Cuts" down on knife-law ambiguity! ;^>
     
  13. deltaboy

    deltaboy

    Jul 6, 2014
    Yes we need the length of blade done away with.
     
  14. Cale82

    Cale82

    11
    Monday
    I just came across this
    "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."
     
  15. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    That is probably the court case on which the interpretation is made. By declaring the sharpened part to NOT be the governing criteria, that nixes measuring along the curved/sharpened edge.
     
  16. amflud

    amflud Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Definitely err on the side of caution. I always measure my blade from the handle scale or guard to the blade tip. If it is a knife that doesn't have scales or anything covering the tang then I measure starting from where the blade is sharpened. If you reach a point where you are are borderline then err on the side of caution. Don't give 'em a reason.
     

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