Anybody else carry an illegal knife?

John_0917

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I also live in San Antonio and trust me all the cops I've talked with really don't care. I also carry locking knives my Leatherman Core, Spyderco Tenacious and Kershaw Shuffle and haven't had a problem even accidently walked into the courthouse with my Shuffle cause it lives in the bottom of my pocket for when I need to cut something when others are around and they just held it at the door for me. I'm hoping that Knife Rights can get that preemption law passed and we won't have to deal with it anymore.

I hope so too, along with open carry of handguns, but thanks to the "efforts" of the open carry crowd lately that isn't likely to happen next session (or ever).
 
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"Admitting to break the law on a PUBLIC FORUM."

I can just hear an intern at the NSA saying, "Oh no boss what are we gonna do!" To that his superior shouts, "Quick! Get somebody on the phone. GET ANYBODY on the phone! Holy shit batman this guy in Texas just admitted to EDC'ing a 3 inch sharpened piece of steel."

I hope that America can find the keys to the safe where our collective balls have been stored for "safe keeping" ASAP! We would still be a colony of Britain (or worse) had everyone done what they were told. Fed and state governments were NEVER supposed to have the amount of power that they have today. It is our right and our responsibility as American citizens to stand up to an overreaching government. This includes jumpy city councilmen and women.
 

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"Admitting to break the law on a PUBLIC FORUM."

I can just hear an intern at the NSA saying, "Oh no boss what are we gonna do!" To that his superior shouts, "Quick! Get somebody on the phone. GET ANYBODY on the phone! Holy shit batman this guy in Texas just admitted to EDC'ing a 3 inch sharpened piece of steel."

I hope that America can find the keys to the safe where our collective balls have been stored for "safe keeping" ASAP! We would still be a colony of Britain (or worse) had everyone done what they were told. Fed and state governments were NEVER supposed to have the amount of power that they have today. It is our right and our responsibility as American citizens to stand up to an overreaching government. This includes jumpy city councilmen and women.


I believe that coincides with the end of the Obama administration...
 
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I entered a city today that prohibits possessing any "knife with a blade of 2 1/2 inches or longer in any public place." I ate lunch in a public place using a knife with a blade at least 6" long, and I enjoyed every bite.
 
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Why even have knife laws what most any citizen can conceal and carry a firearm?
 
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I carried an auto in Montana for a long time, which is illegal. When I was 19, I got pulled over for speeding one night and was given a breathalyzer, as my passenger had been drinking and they could smell the alcohol. Before having me blow into the machine, they removed my knife so I couldn't kill all 4 officers with the 2.8" blade (I know, only being safe). Once the officer pressed the button, he looked at me and said "uh oh". Turns out, you can buy them and own them, but you can't have them on your person.

I was arrested and taken to jail. I was booked and placed in 4-man cell with 9 people in it, the lot ranging from DUI's, to bar fighters, to homeless guys looking for a warm place to crash for the weekend. The smell was unbearable, and the conflicting attitudes were even worse. I spent 24 hours in there before caving and calling my mom to bail me out. I paid an $820 fine and forfeited the knife.

I live in Oregon now, which is one of the most free states when it comes to knives. I used to EDC an auto becaue I could, but got tired of being told "those are illegal" by people whom have no clue what they are talking about. I only carry an auto when I ski, and that's only because the blade can be locked shut, preventing unwelcome opening in the event of a wreck.

Needless to say, when I go home to Montana, I do NOT carry an auto :eek:
 
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What's funny is , I'd be willing to to bet if OSHA were in charge
All knives would be lockblades AND one hand openers. For safety.
 

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"Admitting to break the law on a PUBLIC FORUM."

I can just hear an intern at the NSA saying, "Oh no boss what are we gonna do!" To that his superior shouts, "Quick! Get somebody on the phone. GET ANYBODY on the phone! Holy shit batman this guy in Texas just admitted to EDC'ing a 3 inch sharpened piece of steel."

I hope that America can find the keys to the safe where our collective balls have been stored for "safe keeping" ASAP! We would still be a colony of Britain (or worse) had everyone done what they were told. Fed and state governments were NEVER supposed to have the amount of power that they have today. It is our right and our responsibility as American citizens to stand up to an overreaching government. This includes jumpy city councilmen and women.

Such an arrogant response, my point was simply that if the type of knife was illegal where he lives, he will be subject to arrest/fines/a day in court...ect...ect...

Why bother, carrying it?...
 

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I carried an auto in Montana for a long time, which is illegal. When I was 19, I got pulled over for speeding one night and was given a breathalyzer, as my passenger had been drinking and they could smell the alcohol. Before having me blow into the machine, they removed my knife so I couldn't kill all 4 officers with the 2.8" blade (I know, only being safe). Once the officer pressed the button, he looked at me and said "uh oh". Turns out, you can buy them and own them, but you can't have them on your person.

I was arrested and taken to jail. I was booked and placed in 4-man cell with 9 people in it, the lot ranging from DUI's, to bar fighters, to homeless guys looking for a warm place to crash for the weekend. The smell was unbearable, and the conflicting attitudes were even worse. I spent 24 hours in there before caving and calling my mom to bail me out. I paid an $820 fine and forfeited the knife.

I live in Oregon now, which is one of the most free states when it comes to knives. I used to EDC an auto becaue I could, but got tired of being told "those are illegal" by people whom have no clue what they are talking about. I only carry an auto when I ski, and that's only because the blade can be locked shut, preventing unwelcome opening in the event of a wreck.

Needless to say, when I go home to Montana, I do NOT carry an auto :eek:

At least you didn't have to toss the salad!
 
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What's funny is , I'd be willing to to bet if OSHA were in charge
All knives would be lockblades AND one hand openers. For safety.

They would be OTF auto's which you have to hold a lever down to keep the blade deployed, no locking mechanism to keep it open. But you can use the safety to prevent it from firing open.
 

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I was visiting one of our company's maquiladora plants in Tijuana when I used an endura to open a package. A few draftsmen around me went into mild hysteria at the sight of the knife. They told me knives like that were illegal and I could get into a lot of trouble if the Federales caught me with it.

I never did get into trouble for it, probably because I didn't sit around flipping it open and closed while waiting to cross the border or threaten anyone with it. Half the time I forget it's in my pocket.
 
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I did it by mistake. I traveled to Ireland and England with my Opinel no. 6 that was in my pocket everyday not knowing that it was illegal because it locks. I only found out much later that it's illegal to carry a locking knife there. I'm sure a lot of people do the same mistake because lets be honest, they don't exactly plaster billboards all over the place saying what knife you can and cannot carry, so I'm sure that there are plenty of people carrying knives not knowing they are breaking the law

That being said, I'll be wiser from now on and look up the knife laws of a foreign area and select the knife I'm allowed to carry. I don't know what the knife laws in South Africa are to be honest, so I probably should look them up, but I doubt our cops really care to be honest, or are even aware of knife rules. However, I just use the rule of not attracting attention to myself. Don't give a cop a reason to hassle you. When going into a club or wherever when I know I'll get patted down by a bouncer, I just put my knife behind my wallet so that they feel my wallet and not my knife. When going to such places I typically carry a slim, small knife so that I can put it behind my wallet, but still have a handy blade when needed. I feel naked without a knife on me. At an airport, just put it in your checked in luggage
 

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I did it by mistake. I traveled to Ireland and England with my Opinel no. 6 that was in my pocket everyday not knowing that it was illegal because it locks. I only found out much later that it's illegal to carry a locking knife there. I'm sure a lot of people do the same mistake because lets be honest, they don't exactly plaster billboards all over the place saying what knife you can and cannot carry, so I'm sure that there are plenty of people carrying knives not knowing they are breaking the law

That being said, I'll be wiser from now on and look up the knife laws of a foreign area and select the knife I'm allowed to carry. I don't know what the knife laws in South Africa are to be honest, so I probably should look them up, but I doubt our cops really care to be honest, or are even aware of knife rules. However, I just use the rule of not attracting attention to myself. Don't give a cop a reason to hassle you. When going into a club or wherever when I know I'll get patted down by a bouncer, I just put my knife behind my wallet so that they feel my wallet and not my knife. When going to such places I typically carry a slim, small knife so that I can put it behind my wallet, but still have a handy blade when needed. I feel naked without a knife on me. At an airport, just put it in your checked in luggage

What you say in the beginning is true, many people do not know which knives are illegal to carry..... however every person who isn't mentally ill also should be aware that ignorance of the law is no defense in court... which is the downside to not knowing which are legal/illegal, and is also why it's worth while finding out... because if you try explaining to a Police officer you didn't know it was illegal, there isn't much he can do for you besides slap the cuffs on and take you for a ride ;)
 
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July 1st in TN there will be no more knife laws! Well, unfortunately you still can't stab people that annoy you, but you can carry whatever!
 
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San Antonio's local knife laws aren't the most rational. From some accounts, though, they typically don't charge you on the knife alone, but rather they use the illegal knife to escalate your offense if you are caught doing something else. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know if that's actually the case. If I were you, I'd not risk it.

I snapped this pic a while back. One of these knives is illegal to carry around in San Antonio. Care to guess which one? ;)

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The green lock back seeing as the sod buster is slip joint, the mora is held in a sheath, and the last, well you have bigger problems that will be revolving around how to carry that last one outside of your kitchen. Maybe use that as an excuse to buy a new kydex sheath.
 

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Lets keep the political commentary out of the discussion please.
All need to remember that you should not be posting about any illegal activities on this site.
Need I remind everyone that this is a public forum, frequented by many members, some of them current and inactive Law Enforcement Officers of various jurisdictions.
 

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I instantly knew what city in Texas you where in.I'd just carry a slip joint if I was forced to visit San Antonio.
 
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If I did, why would I post about it on the internet? Silence is often golden.
 
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Has anyone here ever been ticketed or otherwise penalized for carrying a knife that was outside of the law?

I abide by Milwaukee, WI's under 3" law, it seems there are plenty of good options in this range although it does still severely limit you. I just feel that if I ever had to use my knife defensively it would be good to have it be said that I wasn't carrying illegally.
 
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City knife ordinances are laws, and you can get in serious trouble for violating them; Texas has no preemption on local knife laws like we do in regard to guns. It is unlikely that you would ever be prosecuted for that alone, but it is possible. Guessing from your screen name, you would at minimum face a general discharge if convicted, possibly a dishonorable discharge, which is basically the same as a felony conviction as far as civil disability is concerned (no voting/guns/apartments/jobs/etc)...common sense would advise against talking about illegal activities on a public internet forum.

Sorry, but cities cannot pass felony-class laws in Texas. At worst it is a misdemeanor, probably roughly equivalent to a speeding ticket. It's highly doubtful he could even do jail time for it. A fine could still be substantial. (Further research on a police website indicates this is only a Class C misdemeanor, meaning it is punishable only by a fine.)

I do, however, agree that talking about it in an internet forum is probably foolish. Carry quietly.
 
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