Re: Texas Machete Law
Well, I'm not that knowledgeable about TX specific knife laws, and I'm not feeling inclined to do your research for you. However, based on the definition you provided, it would certainly seem that a machete would qualify as an "illegal knife" (I've never seen anything with a blade shorter than 5 1/2 inches described as a machete). I would presume from the name that it is illegal to possess an "illegal knife" in TX. However, possession may be permitted under certain circumstances or for specific uses...but, I highly doubt that self defense is one of the allowable uses (if any). I also doubt that there is any sort of license to allow you to have an illegal knife.
Again, I am not inclined to do your research for you. However, I seem to recall that TX has "castle" laws...meaning it is statutorily permitted to use deadly force in defense of life or property if someone illegally enters your residence. However, that does NOT mean you would not be prosecuted for illegal possession of the weapon.
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