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It is legal, as far as we could find out, to carry automatic knives in Texas provided that they do not come with a double edge blade and that that blade is no longer than 5.5in.
The law was amended sometimes in 2013.
Be aware that we could not find the actual law, The above comes from what were told and checked online the best we could.
We will be much obliged if anyone of you can point us to the actual written law.
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Probable latest amendment
H.B.ANo.A1862
AN ACT
relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain
conduct with respect to a switchblade knife.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTIONA1.AASections 46.05(a), (d), and (e), Penal Code, are
amended to read as follows:
(a)AAA person commits an offense if the person intentionally
or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or
sells:
(1)AAan explosive weapon;
(2)AAa machine gun;
(3)AAa short-barrel firearm;
(4)AAa firearm silencer;
(5)AA[a switchblade knife;
[(6)]AAknuckles;
(6)A[(7)]AAarmor-piercing ammunition;
(7)A[(8)]AAa chemical dispensing device;
(8)A[(9)]AAa zip gun; or
(9)A[(10)]AAa tire deflation device.
(d)AAIt is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
section that the actor s conduct:
(1)AAwas incidental to dealing with a [switchblade
knife, springblade knife,] short-barrel firearm[,] or tire
deflation device solely as an antique or curio;
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(2)AAwas incidental to dealing with armor-piercing
ammunition solely for the purpose of making the ammunition
available to an organization, agency, or institution listed in
Subsection (b); or
(3)AAwas incidental to dealing with a tire deflation
device solely for the purpose of making the device available to an
organization, agency, or institution listed in Subsection (b).
(e)AAAn offense under Subsection (a)(1), (2), (3), (4), (6),
(7), or (8)[, or (9)] is a felony of the third degree.AAAn offense
under Subsection (a)(9) [(a)(10)] is a state jail felony. An
offense under Subsection (a)(5) [or (6)] is a Class A misdemeanor.
SECTIONA2.AAThe change in law made by this Act applies only
to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
before that date.
SECTIONA3.AAThis Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
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H.B.ANo.A1862
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______________________________ ______________________________
AAAAPresident of the Senate Speaker of the HouseAAAAAA
I certify that H.B. No. 1862 was passed by the House on May 7,
2013, by the following vote:AAYeas 141, Nays 1, 2 present, not
voting.
______________________________
Chief Clerk of the HouseAAA
I certify that H.B. No. 1862 was passed by the Senate on May
22, 2013, by the following vote:AAYeas 31, Nays 0.
______________________________
Secretary of the SenateAAAA
APPROVED:AA_____________________
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADateAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAA_____________________
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGovernorAAAAAAA
H.B.ANo.A1862
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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)



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