The Lone Star State has long been recognized for its upholding of every American’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms within the guidelines of the state’s gun carry laws.

Yet many criminal defense attorneys are often asked whether Texas residents may carry knives on their person.

Defense attorneys are well aware that knife laws in Texas have been a bit confusing in the past, leaving many people wondering if they could legally carry knives and if so, what types of knives were allowable.

According to the 2017 revision of the Texas Knife Law, many previous restrictions have been lifted.

Texas Knife Law and the 2nd Amendment

The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that American citizens have the right to bear arms within the laws set forth in each state which applies to knives and blades as well as firearms.

While criminal defense attorneys and the courts must also uphold strict Texas firearms laws that regulate the manufacture and sale of weapons within the state, these laws are also written to be in agreement with the U.S. Constitution and support every Texan’s right to own and carry both knives and firearms.

What Is Considered A Knife in Texas?

Texas Knife Law in TPC Sec. 46.01 defines a knife as a hand instrument with a blade longer than 5-1/2 inches that can injure someone; there are no specific designs of knives that are named.

Who Can Carry A Knife In Texas?

According to criminal defense attorneys and the Texas Knife Law, a knife shorter than 5-1/2 inches can be carried anywhere by anyone of any age.

Any knife that is longer than 5-1/2 inches can only be carried by people 18 years of age and older unless the under-aged person is at home, being supervised by an adult, or on their way to a boat, car, or home; there are certain location-specific restrictions to this.

When Can You Not Carry A Knife In Texas?

Restricted areas as defined in TPC Sec. 46.03 include schools, colleges, courthouses, sporting events, correctional facilities, amusement parks, churches and synagogues, hospitals, mental hospitals, nursing homes, racetracks, and a few other locations.

Anyone found carrying a knife longer than 5-1/2 inches within a restricted area could be arrested and find themselves in need of a defense attorney.

Texas Knife Laws - Simpler Now Than Before

Overall, defense attorneys find that with the latest changes to Texas Knife Laws in place, interpreting them is easier than it was in the past.

Knives are now legal everywhere unless the blade is 5-1/2 inches or more, in which case they can only be carried by persons 18 or older outside of the listed restricted areas.

If you have questions about the knife you carry, the places you carry it, or have been charged with illegal carry, contact a criminal defense attorney who can help you with the Texas Knife Law!

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