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    Knives and San Antonio, TX

    I'll be making a trip to San Antonio for pleasure to visit a few friends. Being the "responsible" citizen I am, I decided to email the department about San Antonio city knife laws/ordinances. I had heard that they had very strict knife laws, but wanted a definitive answer.

    I emailed the San Antonio Police Department, and the reply back was as follows:

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    I will soon be traveling to San Antonio on a personal trip.I usually carry a 2.5 inch folder knife. I have heard rumors that folding knives (of any length) are outlawed in the city of San Antonio. Can you confirm this?
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    Thank you for your inquiry.
    A 2.5 inch folding knife would be legal in San Antonio AS LONG AS IT IS NOT a Lockblade Knife. Those are NOT legal.
    I've sent an email back, but my question is about the definition of a "lockblade knife." Does anyone know if he/she was talking any knife that locks, or only knives that lock on the back ("lockback.")

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    Quote Originally Posted by LincolnDouglas View Post
    I'll be making a trip to San Antonio for pleasure to visit a few friends. Being the "responsible" citizen I am, I decided to email the department about San Antonio city knife laws/ordinances. I had heard that they had very strict knife laws, but wanted a definitive answer.

    I emailed the San Antonio Police Department, and the reply back was as follows:





    I've sent an email back, but my question is about the definition of a "lockblade knife." Does anyone know if he/she was talking any knife that locks, or only knives that lock on the back ("lockback.")
    A lockblade is a blade that locks. The law does not prohibit only a "lockblade that locks on the back" whatever that is.
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    Carrying a lockblade knife in San Antonio is a Class C misdemeanor. The law is actually a City Ordinance. You get a misdemeanor summons for it to appear in Municipal Court. I have hardly ever seen it enforced.

    The City Police don't stand around waiting to catch someone with a pocket knife. Chances are you would not have a problem. I believe that there is an exception if used for work etc. It is mainly to deal with the wanna-be gang bangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffW View Post
    Carrying a lockblade knife in San Antonio is a Class C misdemeanor. The law is actually a City Ordinance. You get a misdemeanor summons for it to appear in Municipal Court. I have hardly ever seen it enforced.

    The City Police don't stand around waiting to catch someone with a pocket knife. Chances are you would not have a problem. I believe that there is an exception if used for work etc. It is mainly to deal with the wanna-be gang bangers.
    Interesting quirk; The SA law proscribes the carry of lock blades shorter than 5 1/2 inches. State law proscribes the carry of any blade OVER 5 1/2 inches. Sooooooo, a blade exactly 5 and 1/2 inches would be legal there, it appears. :p
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    Yeah basically a buck-knife is illegal. Weird. But as was said, keep your knife in your pocket and nobody is gonna know, or care.


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    Thank ya'll for your responses. I was sent this email back upon further inquiry

    Sec. 21-17. Certain knives prohibited generally; exceptions; penalty for violation.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally or knowingly carry on or about his person a knife with a blade less than five and one-half (5 1/2) inches in length, which knife is equipped with a lock mechanism so that upon opening, it becomes a fixed blade knife.
    So, yeah, that's pretty clear. I reckon, though, that I could just bring my La Griffe and not worry about this, seeing as though it has no locking mechanism. A pretty ridiculous law overall.

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    Darn, I'm a criminal and didn't know it! I ALWAYS carry a lockblade pocket knife that, open, measures 2" end to end...

    I was in SA a few years ago. Guess I was lucky I didn't get arrested. Of course I was carrying a pistol the whole time also but that 2" (1 " blade) knife was too dangerous. :rolleyes:
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    Quote Originally Posted by LincolnDouglas View Post
    So, yeah, that's pretty clear. I reckon, though, that I could just bring my La Griffe and not worry about this, seeing as though it has no locking mechanism. A pretty ridiculous law overall.
    Are you SURE a fixed blade is legal to carry??? My guess would be that if they have a law forbidding the carry of a locking folding knife, they would also forbid fixed blades too...

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