Heh - no offense taken! We're trying to determine the facts and get good information out. I do believe there may be some over zealous LEO's even here in Texas who would prefer to see the general populace disarmed. With "shall issue" CHL in place, that's not going to happen, but it dosesn't seem to stop some from interpreting the law in the most rigorous way possible regarding anything other than a handgun.Without trying to be a thorn in your side or sounding like I am holding anything personal against you scobech, I think you need to read on a little further regarding the "switchblade" knife. I personally used to carry the neat little Kershaw "speed assist" knife. A criminal investigator with the local sheriff's office informed me that he had checked with the ADA in our wonderful little county here and that by definition it was a switchblade. They are apparently legal to purchase and legal to own but not carry on your person. The definition of "switchblades" are covered in Sect. 46.01 (11) (A) and (B) the latter being the one the ADA decided applied to the Kershaw I carried. Needless to say I kept it but ceased carrying it because there was no reason to take the chance. Just a little more food for thought, and I swear I have nothing against you personally!
Texas Penal Code
In this chapter:
(11) "Switchblade knife" means any knife that has a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle or sheath, and that:
(A) opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device located on the handle; or
(B) opens or releases a blade from the handle or sheath by the force of gravity or by the application of centrifugal force.
� 46.05. Prohibited Weapons.
(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or sells:
(5) a switchblade knife;
Holy cow. S0 the Buck's that were so popular back when I was in HS and beyond, '70's to early '80's, are considered illegal because you can flip them open with "centrifugal force". It was always cool once you got the "flick" down right so it would open and lock. Otherwise, you'd flick and it could try to fold back up and catch your hand!!For a knife to be a switchblade it has to open by the application of centrifugal force, or by pushing a button located on the handle. I don't care what any criminal investigator thinks.
Switchblades are illegal to even posess