are butterfly knives illegal in the state of Texas?

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  • 10 years ago
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    In some U.S. states it is illegal to possess and/or carry such a knife in public. In certain jurisdictions, butterfly knives are categorized as a "gravity knife", "switchblade", or "dagger" although they are also occasionally outlawed by name ("butterfly knife").

    * The knife is illegal to carry in California if blade length exceeds two inches as with other automatic knives, they are legal to own if kept in your home.

    * In New York, the butterfly knife has been determined not to be a gravity knife.

    * In Pennsylvania, the butterfly knife is legal for conceal and open carrying. See Commonwealth v. Miles.

    * In Utah, Balisong knives are legal as long as they are not concealed.

    * In Virginia, the butterfly knife is legal for conceal and open carrying according to state law, although localities can have additional knife laws and restrictions.

    regarding Texas -

    Section 46.02 of the Texas Penal Code

    (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his person a handgun, illegal knife, or club.

    (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

    (c) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.


    Section 46.01 of the Texas Penal Code:

    "Illegal knife" means a:

    (A) knife with a blade over five and one-half


    (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) bowie knife;

    (E) sword; or

    (F) spear.


    My read on that is that it would not apply to Butterfly Knives unless the blade length exceeded five and a half inches.

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  • 10 years ago

    yes, everywhere

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