Breaking: Texas Repeals Switchblade Ban; Knife Law Preemption Dead For Now

Image courtesy RickPerry.orgThe Texas legislature has passed HB1862, a bill to to repeal the Lone Star State’s switchblade ban. The switchblade bill now awaits Governor Rick Perry’s signature, which is basically a sure thing. As we saw in Tennessee, however, there always seems to be some foolish resistance to modernizing knife laws. As a result, the news from Texas isn’t as good as it could have been.

The switchblade bill might have the Governor’s signature on it by the time you read this, but Texas’ knife preemption bill, HB1299, died a few weeks ago. According to Knife Rights, preemption is probably dead until 2015, and that’s a shame.

But let’s accentuate the positive: Knife Rights has done an incredible job of clearing away a lot of legislative deadwood, and their efforts have led to significant victories in several states in the last year alone. Setbacks like the failure of HB1299 are irritating, but efforts like these are how we win.



  1. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Jumpin’ Jesus, holy Hell can we stop using the term, “switchblade?”
    It sounds like we’re trying to allow a weapon used in street gangs of the popular Broadway musical West Side Story, or The Wild Ones movie
    with leather-clad, DA-sporting biker punks led by bad boy Marlon Brando.
    Either way, the term is imminently connected to criminal, or other sundry
    lawless behavior. I’m beginning to think that “switchblade” is being used
    deliberately by the people writing these bills, so they can pacify the knife
    crowd, by showing everyone that they’re trying to do something about it,
    when in reality, their only intention is that it fails so the public “feels” safe.

    I own two “automatic” knives, one a single-action, and the other a double-
    action open, and neither can be considered faster to open than the flick-to-
    open knives. When was the last time someone was injured or killed by an
    automatic knife. With most automatics carrying a hefty $200+ price tag,
    I suspect only a few, if any, have been used with criminal intent. Whereas,
    kitchen knives on the other hand, are used in many documented homicides. It’s the soundbite politics of style over substance.

    1. Duncan Idaho says:

      It’s just like “silencers”, that apparently reduce gunfire to the sound of kitten falling on a pillow.

      How many crimes involving suppressors have been documented?

      Again, Hollywood perpetrating a perfectly good instrument.

      1. Chris Dumm says:

        You both make good points here; I’ll address them in a future article on exactly this subject.

    2. Andrew says:

      So now we have to be PC with our knife terminology? It’s a switchblade, and I own one. That’s not a bad word and stop trying to make it so. So shut up with your liberal terms and own what you own.

  2. Garrett says:

    So are we going to be allowed to carry double edged Autos?

    1. Joe says:

      Double-edged blades over 1 inch will still be illegal. All this bill does is remove switchblades from the prohibited weapons list. Double-edged blades, or “daggers” as Texas calls them, are not part of the bill. So only single edged autos will be legal.

      FYI, the dagger law applies to fixed blades as well. Any double-edged fixed blade with two sharp edges over 1 inch long are illegal to carry in Texas.

  3. Mike says:

    So if I am reading this right we still can not car carry auto-matic knifes is this correct?
    Has the length of legal carry changed from 5.5″?
    I thought a fixed blade hunting knife was legal as long as it was open carry is this wrong as well?

  4. Spade says:

    Its still 5.5

    I carry a Benchmade LFK 5.2 and a Coldsteel Voyager Tanto 5.5 and have been told by a guy that sells knives that a fixed blade can be any length and a folder has to be 3 or under. Under the Law it states 5.5 So go with whats on the books not what someone tells you randomly, just because they “should” know what they are selling. I would reccomend always know about what your carrying.

  5. Gordon says:

    Gov. Perry did sign the bill, however, the preemption bill did not pass so more restrictive local laws are still in force and many cities have those, notably San Antonio. “Switchblade” is the name defined in state law, so that is what is used here. The definition also covers any “gravity” knife or “butterfly” knife. Any double bladed knife is still illegal to carry as is any knife with a blade over 5.5 inches.

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