Are expandable batons legal to carry?

ag1052

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Can a person carry an expandable baton (like the police carry) in Texas? Just wanted to check if there were any rules I needed to know before I ordered one. Also does anyone have a brand or site they would suggest getting one from? Thanks!
 

ag1052

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More importantly than if I can carry it, Im more concerned with being able to keep it in my car. Im not sure if that makes any real difference or not but thats what I would be buying it for.
 

Koinonia

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Expandable Batons would be considered a "Club."

Sec. 46.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) "Club" means an instrument that is specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument, and includes but is not limited to the following:
(A) blackjack;
(B) nightstick;
(C) mace;
(D) tomahawk.

Sec. 46.02. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:
(1) on the person's own premises or premises under the person's control; or
(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person's control.
 

ag1052

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Thanks Koinonia, please correct me if Im wrong but this means it is illegal to carry it around but is legal to keep it in my car.
 

Koinonia

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I'm not a lawyer, but , "Commits an offense... If the person is not (2) inside of a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the persons control."
 

deemus

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Its only illegal to carry if you plan to hit an ice skater on the knee cap.
 

txinvestigator

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Thanks Koinonia, please correct me if Im wrong but this means it is illegal to carry it around but is legal to keep it in my car.
It is just like keeping a handgun in your car without a CHL. Legal. The restrictions that apply to unlicensed handgun carry in your car do not carry over to clubs.

May I ask if you have specific and documented training in the use of an expandable baton.
 

oohrah

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@TheDan - where is that in the PC?
 

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