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Moving to Texas what are the knife laws?

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by FOLDER FAN, Aug 15, 2018.



    Aug 15, 2018
    Hello, I will be moving to TX soon and was curious about the knife laws there?

    Does anyone have any basic info or links to more specific knife laws for Texas?

  2. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    There is no open or concealed carry of knives in Texas. There is just "legal to carry" or "not legal to carry".

    As of 01 September 2017, everything became legal to carry - dirks, daggers. poniards, Bowie knives, sword, etc.

    The only limitation on knife carry in Texas as of now is the designation of "Restricted Carry" knives.

    A "restricted carry" knife is any knife with a blade length of more than 5-1/2". A "restricted carry" knife is only restricted in where it is allowed to be carried.

    In a nutshell, a "restricted carry" knife may NOT be carried in the same locations in which the law specifically prohibits the carry of a concealed handgun.

    Schools have other laws governing the possession of knives on school facilities. The following link is to the guidelines/explanations of current law regarding schools by the Texas Association of School Boards --


    The following is a link to the actual Texas Penal Code section as related to knife carry law in Texas --


    The relevant sections are 46.02 and 46.03.

    The list is not really very extensive.
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    Aug 15, 2018
    Thanks for the comprehensive run down on TX knife laws zzyzzogeton!
  4. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    The short and oversimplified answer is that outside of schools, courts, stadiums and places that sell 51% or more or their revenue in booze you can carry anything. Aside from those place the answer is “it depends”, none in some places (courts/jails), only single edge under 5.5” in others (bars).

    I should also note that it is fairly rare to see someone in Texas ONLY arrested for UCW (unlawful carrying of a weapon) that isn’t a gun, most defendants charged with UCW did something else so it’s typically an “and also” kind of charge.
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