Texas Knife Laws

Summary

When you think of Texas, you usually think of a sort of anything-goes type of place.  It’s the Lone Star State, the place where we assume everyone is armed and ready.  However, Texas’ knife laws are a bit confusing.

There aren’t any knives that are illegal in Texas, but some knives are considered ‘location restricted’.  This means that blades longer than 5 1/2″ cannot be brought to certain locations, owned by a minor, or carried by a minor.  Outside of that, there are no restrictions on the carrying of any knives.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Texas?

As of 2017, there are no knives considered illegal in Texas.  Therefore, all legislation restricting the ownership of knives such as switchblades and throwing stars no longer applies.

  • It’s legal to own any type of knife
  • You can carry both openly or concealed any knife with a blade less than 5 1/2″ inches anywhere
  • You can carry knives with blades longer than 5 1/2″ anywhere that isn’t location-restricted

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Texas?

While there are no illegal knives in Texas, there are restrictions on the carrying of knives.  Namely, anything with a blade longer than 5 1/2″ is subject to location restrictions.

  • Minors can neither possess nor carry a blade longer than 5 1/2″

If you’re blade is longer than 5 1/2″ inches:

  • You cannot bring your knife onto school property
  • You cannot bring your knife to a polling place
  • You cannot bring your knife to a courthouse
  • You cannot bring your knife to an airport
  • You cannot bring your knife to a racetrack
  • You cannot bring your knife within 1,000 feet of the premises where an execution is taking place
  • You cannot bring your knife to a sporting event
  • You cannot bring your knife into correctional facilities
  • You cannot bring your knife to a hospital
  • You cannot bring your knife into nursing homes
  • You cannot bring your knife into a mental hospital
  • You cannot bring your knife into amusement parks
  • You cannot bring your knife to a place of worship (churches, temples, mosques, etc.)

Relevant Statutes

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