Switchblade Knives now Legal in Texas
Switchblade knives are legal to carry, use, and manufacture in Texas as of Sept. 1, 2020. Since the 1950s, it has been illegal to own or use a switchblade knife in the state of Texas. Carrying or using one of these knives has always been considered a Class A misdemeanor. Individuals could be punished with a fine of up to $4,000 and confiscation of the weapon. They could also be given one year in county jail.
Per the new laws passed in Texas this past September, the knives are no longer illegal. Moreover, individuals cannot be penalized for using them. Individuals also can’t be penalized for making a switchblade, repairing a switchblade, selling a switchblade, or repairing a switchblade. Previously all of these actions were illegal. This law is covered in HB 1862.
Are Switchblades Legal in Texas?
In the State of Texas, it is completely legal to sell, repair, transport, and possess switchblades.
In 2017, Texas removed the category of “illegal knives” from House Bill 1935, thereby making it legal to possess and carry switchblades and other types of knives. However, they did create a new list of restricted areas where it is illegal to possess a knife, such as on university campuses, in bars, and in schools.
Other knives and weapons that are not switchblade knives are still banned in Texas.
The use of these illegal knives can result in serious penalties. Individuals are required to carry a permit in order to have a concealed handgun. It is also illegal to own explosives such as bombs, bombs, and rockets or to possess a machine gun.
People can also be penalized for carrying a zip gun, brass knuckles, shotguns with barrels that are less than 18 inches long, rifles or shotguns that are altered so that the weapon is less than 26 inches long, and more. With the exception of brass knuckles, possession of these weapons is considered a third-degree felony which means that you may get between two and ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Have you been arrested for possession of an illegal weapon?
If so, you need to talk to a Houston criminal defense attorney today to learn more. With the right attorney, you may be able to prove that you are not guilty of a weapons crime. We can cite the recent laws regarding switchblade knives as a defense in your case. Hire the firm today to learn more!