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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