Knife Enthusiasts Guide to Knife Laws in Texas


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Knife Laws in Texas Overview

The lone star state is known for being hard to control and filled with strong willed people. In 2017 these people went through some major changes in their laws regarding knives. Where once they followed some of the same standards as many other states for restricting certain knives and the sales and uses of knives, they now have more open, yet still strict policies.

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Rather than restrict any knife in particular, Texas has elected to categorize knives by their length. Blades that are 5.5 inches or less may be carried by anyone and everyone. However, blades over 5.5 inches in length can only be carried by minors in particular situations, and not at all in certain areas.


The places restricted are written as follows:

Sec. 46.03.  PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):

(1)  on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless:

(A)  pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution; or

(B)  the person possesses or goes with a concealed handgun that the person is licensed to carry under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, and no other weapon to which this section applies, on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education, on any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted, or in a passenger transportation vehicle of the institution;

(2)  on the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress;

(3)  on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the court;

(4)  on the premises of a racetrack;

(5)  in or into a secured area of an airport; or

(6)  within 1,000 feet of premises the location of which is designated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a place of execution under Article 43.19, Code of Criminal Procedure, on a day that a sentence of death is set to be imposed on the designated premises and the person received notice that:

(A)  going within 1,000 feet of the premises with a weapon listed under this subsection was prohibited; or

(B)  possessing a weapon listed under this subsection within 1,000 feet of the premises was prohibited.


The language can get a little mixed together, so a more direct list of locations which you can’t carry a blade over 5.5 inches is:

  • Schools, including colleges and universities
  • Polling place on a day votes are being cast
  • Courts or court offices
  • Within 1000 feet of a designated site of execution of the day of the execution
  • School or professional sporting events
  • Racetracks
  • Airports

Of course, all regular government based offices are illegal areas as well, which is a country wide standard. As well, minors are able to carry blades that are above the length if they are under adult supervision, and/or are traveling in or to a home, car, or boat. The only other exception stated is for hunting purposes, however generally this would fall under the adult supervision section.


Table of Contents:

  1. Overview of Knife Laws In Texas
  2. Which Types of Knives are Legal in Texas?
  3. Texas Knife Concealed Carrying Laws
  4. Texas Open Carry Knife Laws
  5. Texas Fixed Blade Knife Laws
  6. Texas Pocket Knife Laws
  7. Texas Knife Laws in 2018

Which Types of Knives are Legal in Texas?

Type of Knife

Legal (*with restrictions)

Illegal

Pocket Knife / Folding Knife

X*

Butterfly Knives

X*

Switch Blade

X*

Bowie Knives

X*

Machete

X*

Swords

X*

Dirks / Daggers / Stilettos

X*

Ballistic Knives

X*

Misleading Knives

X*

Hidden Knives

X*


Texas Knife Concealed Carrying Laws

Texas has no restrictions on its concealed carry laws. So long as the knife is within the other restrictions placed by the state then the person carrying the knife is legally able to carry the knife concealed.

Texas Open Carry Knife Laws

Texas’ open carry and concealed carry laws are both the same. All laws are dependent on the length of the blade, and the age of the holder. If the blade is below 5.5 inches then it is legal for anyone to carry it to any location, other than the usual government offices. If it is over then, concealed or not, it is illegal for someone under 18 and outside of certain conditions to carry it, and illegal for anyone to carry it within the restricted areas.

Texas Fixed Blade Knife Laws

These are completely legal to carry depending on the blade length. If the fixed blade is below 5.5 inches then it is legal to carry for anyone within most every part of the state.

Texas Pocket Knife Laws

Generally, pocket knives aren’t longer than 5.5 inches. So long as the pocket knife is under that length it is legal for anyone to carry it, and it can be carried almost anywhere in Texas. There are no restrictions on this.

Texas Knifes Laws in 2018

Texas in 2017 completely revised their knife laws. Often large revisions can come with a number of changes later to ensure safety standards are still being met. Currently there are no foreseen law changes in 2018, but it should be monitored for any and all who wish to visit the lone star state.


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