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Old June 9th, 2015, 06:29 AM   #1
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Balisong carry in Texas? (state laws)

I have been carrying my Benchmade balisong since about forever in several states.

I have followed a confusing trail in trying to find out about the legality of me carrying it here in Texas. I know each county and town has their own laws too, but was wondering if there is any PRINTABLE and quotable laws concerning them here in Texas. Switchblades and automatic knives were the only things I found any data on.

I take it with me everywhere, but also do not open it up and play with it either. Just on the off chance, I would like to have something in my wallet to show someone (LEO) what our laws are. I know it is up to me to find out about Cherokee County and the local towns I might be passing through.

This one is an absolute favorite, but if I run a chance of possible trouble, then I will just leave it home. I do not akin it's blade to another part of my anatomy. If I did, I would never have anything over 3 inches.

Any prior knowledge or research would be most appreciated. Knife laws are really, really weird. I DO KNOW overall a fixed blade for open carry has to be 5 1/4 inches long or less. I wonder if that is why 100% of the smaller KABARs are exactly that length....coincidence?
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Old June 9th, 2015, 08:28 AM   #2
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When I taught law in Texas (20 yrs ago), the Penal Code defined an "Illegal knife" (for carrying) of having a blade over 5"; that was either fixed or folding.

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When I taught law in Texas (20 yrs ago), the Penal Code defined an "Illegal knife" (for carrying) of having a blade over 5"; that was either fixed or folding.
So you can't carry anything over 5 inches or you just can't carry any knife over 5" concealed?

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In the past, the Balisong was lumped with the switchblade. http://www.akti.org/news/texas-legis...-restrictions/

The 5 inch fix blade has a precedence in court, I could not find the link to the case, the ruling was in the favor of the state. The worst of it, THE BLADE, as defined is from tang to tip, not just the sharpened edge.

In San Antonio, the city ordinance has one in existence for a over a decade now that is illegal to carry locking blade knife, with no reference to length.

RNS, I carry the same Benchmade 42, the Titanium one, for years when I traveled a lot overseas. if you remember when terrorists hit the hotel in Mumbai, we were in country just a week prior. The engineering staff I was with were asking why I was carrying a knife, my short answer - 'cause I can't carry my 1911....

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Old June 9th, 2015, 09:58 AM   #5
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When I was in high school there was a kid that always wore a fixed blade hunting knife on his belt to class. I think the teachers were all scared to take it away from him. :)

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So you can't carry anything over 5 inches or you just can't carry any knife over 5" concealed?

In your possession or readily accessible, unless engaged in a legal activity where the use of the such knife is needed, such as hunting. In the case I mentioned the knife was in his trunk.

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biggest folder you can carry is the cold steel voyager.

the balisong inthe OP is not legal because it is double edged. when they made autos legal they forgot to add double edge and statewide premption. so keep it single edge and beeare of city ordinances. 2000 laws go into effect soon maybe these things got fixed .

any folder or switchblade balisong is legal if it meets min length concealed.

you can carry any size blade openly.


you may carry an "illegal knife" if you have a chl AND You MUST have you gun at the time.

EXAMPLE: you can carry a spyderco civillian in your left pocket to be used if someone attempts to take your gun from you.

in texas the way you conduct yourself with police is almost more important than the law itself. be respectful keep your trap shut and assuming the encounter is not the result of you disrupting the peace in some way then you will be alright.

google "texas knife laws" and read the statutes its pretty easy to understand. just beware many new laws were just passed so onky read articles from sept 2015 forward.

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Old September 1st, 2015, 08:29 AM   #8
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UPDATE

preemption did pass and was signed into law by gov abbott.

san antonio can go suck an egg.

all city knife laws in texas have been prempted by state law.

no city may regulate knives in any way. the state law is the law.

we got open carry too (well for chl holders starting jan 1st)
college students may then carry on campus and students may store pistols on their dorm rooms.

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Too many stupid, intrusive, illegal and eggheaded so callled laws. I thought we lived in a free country?

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I'd hate to have to shoot somebody for trying to rob me at knife point.

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