Are butterfly knifes illegal in Texas?

Like could i carry one around for protection? Is it legal to own one? If not then why is it legal to carry around a regular pocket knife?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    A butterfly knife is unlawful in Texas.

    It is considered to be a switchblade, according to the Texas Penal Code.

    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/...

    Sec. 46.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

    (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) bowie knife;

    (E) sword; or

    (F) 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.

    (11) "Switchblade knife" means any knife that has a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle or sheath and that opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device located on the handle or opens or releases a blade from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force. The term does not include a knife that has a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure and open the knife.

    Note the part that says,"or opens or releases a blade from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force"

    That is why a butterfly knife is the same as a switchblade according to the law.

    Also, if you carry ANY knife and stab someone with it, whether the knife is legal or not, you will be charged with aggravated assault.

    Aggravated assault is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yes, they are illegal in Texas, because they are considered switch blade knives. Possession is considered a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison.

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