Balisong Trainer in Texas?


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New To Knives
January 16, 2009, 12:37 PM
I already know that the Balisong is prohibited here, however I am more curious as to the legal standings on a trainer. In my opinion it doesn't qualify as a knife, so there is no way for it to fall under the "illegal" knife category. I'm just looking for any insights on what may qualify it to not be legal to carry around.

Obviously the trainer has no edge whats so ever and I assume it would be close to impossible to stab through something with it. Honestly the intended use is just fun and safe flipping practice. Any interpretations or answers would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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New To Knives
January 18, 2009, 01:42 PM
60 views and not a single interpretation of the law or a single opinion? It's really not very complicated, is it a club? is it a knife? is it nothing? Balisong = butterfly knife for anyone who doesn't know.

JWarren
January 18, 2009, 04:27 PM
Uhm... I know guns. This is primarily a gun board.


-- John

TexasRifleman
January 18, 2009, 05:26 PM
Don't know much about them really.

I know they were legal for a while then the definition of "switchblade" was changed to cover them.

I can't imagine why a trainer would be illegal under this definition:

(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.

When the definition of knife is:

(7) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument.

Problem of course is this whole "club" thing, which can mean just about anything a prosecutor WANTS it to mean:

(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.

That's pretty danged open ended. Not a lawyer and all that but I would be afraid of getting on the wrong side of that "club" statute if it were me.

Jorg Nysgerrig
January 18, 2009, 05:49 PM
JWarren nailed it.

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