September 1st, Texas made a bit of progress in taking back the Rights of her citizens to carry and use what is arguably the most useful tool ever invented - The Knife. Specifically, a law was passed that allows people to possess and carry "switchblade", and other spring assisted opening knives. There is a whole crap-basket of restrictions on what knives you can/can't carry in Texas. Blade Length, blade style, opening method... cross the line on any of these specs and you can go to jail, loose your CHL, etc.
How screwed up is it when you can't carry a Bowie Knife in Texas?....
Pretty freakin' screwed up, in my opinion.
Anyway, I'm happy to see at least some forward momentum in the fight to wipe these Nanny State Type Laws from the books of my beloved State. I've always wanted to pick up a good quality OTF knife, and now I can.
It's important to proceed with caution, however. The Lawmakers haven't given us too much freedom, perhaps for fear that we'll put someone's eye out. Individual locales can still have their own stupid restrictions in place. San Antonio, for one, has its own laws regarding pointy objects that could cause you much grief if you carry an evil switchblade within their reach. As well, not all switchblades are created equal, it would seem.
This is a microtech OTF (out the front) spring assisted knife. Notice the blade style? Only sharpened on one side. This is now considered a "legal knife" by the State of Texas.
This is another OTF offering from microtech. Notice the blade? Sharp on both sides. This is an "illegal knife" in the State of Texas.
Removing the prohibition against assisted opening knives does nothing in regards to existing restrictions against "daggers", and case law suggests that any pointed knife blade that is sharp on both edges is going to meet the "dagger" definition.
You can volunteer to be a test case on this issue if you want. Good luck with that. I, for one, don't have an extra couple of thousand dollars and that much spare time laying about the Paladin compound.