With all of the gun control news being spun out of control by the media, I see the writing on the wall for our knives and tools being next.

I live in Texas and we may not have as strict of laws concerning knives as some other states but we still have many. These laws can be vague for some and down right stupid too!

Case in point. In Texas, you can carry a concealed handgun (without a CHL) in your car or truck. At the same time, the law says you can't carry a knife that has more then a 5 1/2" blade. End result, someone with a loaded pistol in their glove box is in the boundaries of the law, but someone with a bowie knife in their tool box CAN be arrested. That is held in the discretion of the officer.

I had 4 different police officers tell me 4 different things in regards to switchblades. One said they are illegal to carry. This is true, but if you buy one and transport it to your house, you can be arrested (at the officer's discretion) if it is found during transport! Another told me you could not OWN (possess) one! I thought this was wrong. BUT! The law in Texas says that a collector can use the fact that he is a collector as a defense to the law.... End result? It is a legal defense to breaking that law.....you still broke that law and can still be arrested for doing so!

This really makes no seance to me, or other people that I know.

Many tools sold at the home improvement stores also fall in this category of being illegal. I for one would rather follow the law without HOPING an officer does not arrest me for having one of these illegal knives or tools.

The day is coming when we will be faced with the fact that our knives and tools will be taken away from us. Just give it time. It may be hard to imagine, but with the way things are going, it WILL happen.

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Comment by Rick Hooper on January 14, 2013 at 22:00

Some folks did!

Comment by Steven Matthew on January 14, 2013 at 20:16

Your right, Craing, they turned 'em all in so not to break the law.


Comment by Steven Matthew on January 14, 2013 at 20:13

No kidding, Rick, very outdated.

makes no sence at all anymore

Comment by Craig Henry on January 14, 2013 at 16:33

Yeah, but don't you see how the switchblade laws stopped all gang violence? LOL!

Comment by Rick Hooper on January 14, 2013 at 15:53

The 1950's switchblade laws are certainly outdated today, and hinders ownership of those beautiful old Presto and George Schrade knives for most collectors! With the hundreds of assisted knives available on ebay and gunbroker, that federal law has outlived it's usefulness.

Comment by Steven Matthew on January 13, 2013 at 21:34
Illegal here in texas too
Comment by David Omalley on January 13, 2013 at 13:04

Maybe to hold the current course its good to lobby but to have laws actually changed, forget it. I know I Live In Mass. and I still can't and never will be able to have a knife with certain qualifications shipped to my home, i forget the exact criteria but it includes a ton of them, This has been so since I can remember..Were no talking ordering a barrett here folks. I can't have knives shipped. Now some retailers and sellers are willing to (not know of the laws) but most are.My rights have been getting pounded in this State since The Kennedy's took hold of it in the 50's 

Comment by Jan Carter on January 13, 2013 at 7:03

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Comment by Steven Matthew on January 13, 2013 at 6:11
I agree, Craig, its is going on now. Starting stages.

Comment by Craig Henry on January 13, 2013 at 2:02

Unfortunately, if/when the laws are passed, A LOT of innocent folks will become criminals overnight....and I will be one of them. I've said it for some time now....we are in a non-shooting civil war. We HAVE to hold strong to our beliefs, values, and rights. And may God protect us.

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