As the debate about gun laws and open carry rage on, a surprising number of Texans find themselves forgotten and in uncertain territory.
While Texans can openly carry a pistol as of January 1, 2016, what about other weapons?
Bladed weapons are an entirely different matter altogether, so if you’re wondering what the law says about a concealed blade, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s everything you need to know about the legality of your concealed blade.
Rainer v. State
We’ll begin our journey into Texas law by looking at Rainer v. State, a revolutionary case that drastically changed state legislature.
In 1993, Ronald Rainer was picked up by the police after a warrant for his arrest was made public. Once police located Rainer in a bar, they found a large, sheathed blade on his person, adding an unlawful weapons possession charge.
The case is crucial because it defined what is — and isn’t — considered a blade.
According to the legal definition, a blade isn’t simply the sharpened section of the weapon. In fact, it’s considered the “cutting portion” which includes the handle.
Since Rainer’s blade was larger than the legal limit, 5 1/2 inches, Rainer was in violation of state law and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Is Carrying A Concealed Blade Legal?
Let’s cut straight to the chase: carrying a bladed weapon is, in fact, legal in the state of Texas.
While there are some exceptions (which we’ll get to in a moment) most Texans are well within their right to carry a bladed weapon on their person whenever they choose.
Texas legislature recognizes that bladed weapons have been around as long as man and can be a great way to defend one’s self.
What Are The Exceptions To The Rule?
Like any good piece of legislature, bladed carry laws are quite reasonable.
While any citizen is free to carry a bladed weapon, there are certain stipulations that the weapon must meet to be considered legal.
Remember, the blade (including the handle) cannot exceed a length of over 5 1/2 inches.
Additionally, citizens cannot conceal or carry throwing knives, swords, dirks, or bowie knives.
So what can you carry on your person?
As of 2013, citizens can carry butterfly knives again, as well as switchblades or basic daggers.
Final Thoughts On The Legality Of Carrying A Concealed Blade
It’s well within your rights to defend your livelihood and that of your family.
Thanks in part to Rainer v. State, as well as the more recent legislature, citizens of Texas, are free to carry bladed weapons as long as they don’t exceed the legal limit of 5 1/2 inches.
So what happens if you do get picked up on an unlawful possession charge?
Get in touch and schedule your free consultation as soon as you can.
Our weapons possession specialists will fight for you to make sure your rights and freedoms are rigorously defended.