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Alvaro asked Can i buy one of the military looking mossberg 500s if im 18?

not the pistol grip one, and i live in texas.

And got the following answer:

Just to add more information than you probably want (others are correct that yes you can buy one).
You can dress up the firearm all you want. The “assault” weapons ban that sunset in 2004 made it illegal to manufacture certain accessories, i.e. large capacity magazines, folding stocks,……
They could still be sold individually. And still be legal to own. The law was a complete waste of time because dressing up a firearm does not change the functionality.

The rest is for others that believe that someone under 21 can not own a handgun:
(Felons can legally own a firearm in Texas also if they wait 5 years after they completed their punishment. Federal law does not state that a felon can not own a firearm)

Texas law makes giving or selling a firearm to someone under 18 illegal (except for parents or guardians)

Sec. 46.06. UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF CERTAIN WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(2) intentionally or knowingly sells, rents, leases, or gives or offers to sell, rent, lease, or give to any child younger than 18 years any firearm, club, or illegal knife;
(c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2) that the transfer was to a minor whose parent or the person having legal custody of the minor had given written permission for the sale or, if the transfer was other than a sale, the parent or person having legal custody had given effective consent.
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm#46.06

Under the U.S. Code a licensed dealer can not sell you a handgun under 21. You can legally buy one from an individual. And be completely within the law to own it.

TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 44 § 922
(b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver—
(1) any firearm or ammunition to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than eighteen years of age, and, if the firearm, or ammunition is other than a shotgun or rifle, or ammunition for a shotgun or rifle, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than twenty-one years of age;
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000922—-000-.html

To sum up you can legally own any firearm you want if age is the only concern (other than fully automatic firearms, you need a license for those)

asked is a butterfly knife considered an automatic knife?

I am looking to order a butterfly knife off of knives r us. and I’m not sure if it is entirely legal. there is a section under the website http://www.888knivesrus.com/cart#Legality
that says a bunch of stuff about how automatic knives are illegal if you’re not in the army… or a bunch of stuff like that.
my question is… is a butterfly knife considered an automatic knife? If I ordered it, would I be in any legal trouble?

And got the following answer:

You didn’t say what state you live in. I know here in Texas a butterfly knife is the same as a switchblade knife. It is is a prohibited weapon, described in article 46.01 (11) (B) of the penal code:
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

(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.

article 46.05 (a) (5) states:
Sec. 46.05. PROHIBITED WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or sells:
(5) a switchblade knife

Since a butterfly knife opens by centrifugal force when you flick it open, it is legally a switchblade knife, and is illegal to possess.

You need to check the statutes of your state if you are not sure. Some other states besides Texas do consider a butterfly knife to be the same as a switchblade knife.

FatedScythe777 asked Texas State Law: Why is it illegal for me to carry one of my knives, but legal to carry the other?

Texas Legislature recently passed the State Law HB 1862 making it legal to carry automatic knives and switchblades. It takes effect on the 1st of September. With the exception of stilettos and other dagger like switchblades which are still illegal to carry.

My best friend gave me his old stiletto switchblade. It’s nice, in great condition, but obviously I can’t carry it. On the other hand I have a 5.25″ bear knife that my neighbor gave me as a gift when I earned my Eagle Scout when I was 17.

Why is it that I can legally carry the bear knife on my person. But it’s illegal for me to carry my stiletto? The bear knife is much more intimidating in my opinion.

And got the following answer:

Stiletto knives generally have a reputation that they are designed as a fast acting weapon.

Fixed blades, still maintain some utility purpose and are viewed more of a tool, than something solely designed to be a weapon.

But your right, both are knifes. Both equally deadly as a weapon, the stiletto just has the stigma of being considered a more dangerous weapon but no other practical use than to hurt people.

THE political scientist man asked What is an “automatic knife” and are they illegal?

What is an “automatic knife?” Is it the same thing as a switchblade? Are automatic knives illegal? Are switch blades illegal?

Thanks

And got the following answer:

Yes An “Automatic Knife” is the same as a switchblade knife.

SwitchBlades are illegal in:
Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada (with Permit only), New jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Hope this helps

trer asked If the second amendment says I have the right to bear arms, does that mean I can own an atomic bomb?

and why shouldn’t I? and how is it different than owning a fully automatic or some other kind of high-powered firearm designed for killing large amounts of people?

And got the following answer:

Technically – yes but there are laws that would hinder you from having the materials to own or have the A-Bomb. The 2nd Amendment was really made for the time period it was made – I’m not entirely sure the Founding Fathers would have used the same language in the Constitution that they did. The idea was that people could bear arms to form a militia and to fight enemies.

While the Founding Fathers had an amazing ability to make a document flexible, there is no way they could even grasp the concept of modern day society. The Constitution was something that was going to be the cornerstone of this crazy experiment called the United States.

Want proof that they didn’t have “all the answers”. After the Revolutionary War, we didn’t have a country like we do today – we were a “confederation”. That didn’t work, so this new form of government came about. Also, the United States up to the Civil War really was more of a confederation – the States had all the “real” power. So raising a military involved citizens having arms to form State Militia. I mean just look at how the Civil War was fought – you’ll read about the “New York 69th” or “Texas 4th” – not the US 8th Army, etc.

While I am a supporter of the Constitution and have never voted for a Democrat for Federal Office, I am not fan of guns. All those stupid arguments the NRA use are just dumb. I need a gun to protect myself -well if there were no guns, you can buy a knife. I understand the proliferation of guns is out of control and realistically we are stuck with this problem, the law should really be more stringent on the availability of AK-47’s or automatic weapons.

Abraham Mota asked Can I get an automatic knife shipped to me in Texas?

I want the an automatic knife shipped to me and it is from Benchmade. I live in Texas and it says the item is restricted. What will happen if I make a law enforcement/military account on bench made even though I am not one?

And got the following answer:

You will not be able to make an account. Military and law enforcement accounts require you to fax them ID or use some other method to verify that you are a police officer or a military procurement specialist (just being military is not enough).

If you attempt to falsify information claiming to be LE or Military, you can be charged with numerous types of fraud and potentially face jail time.

Ownership itself of a switchblade is illegal in Texas anyway, so there is not much you would be avoiding by fooling Benchmade.

Most Benchmade models are available in non-automatic form. Try one of those instead.

Kyle Davis asked For people who agree with banning assault weapons?

I’m having a debate in my school and the topic is ASSAULT WEAPONS. I’m agreeing that assault weapons should be banned and I need questions to ask the opposing side to make my position stronger or make theirs weaker. And it’s not banning all guns, just everything like assault rifles, sub machine guns, shotguns, and most snipers. Like the one found at Sandy Hook, or Texas university and Virginia tech.

And got the following answer:

Ask what percentage of crimes are actually committed with “assault weapons” as opposed to handguns.

Ask if military “assault weapons” are readily available to citizens, and what the difference between an actual “assault weapon” is and the type of semi-automatic rifle that is legal for civilian purchase.

Ask if there was any reduction in crime for the ten years the LAST time an assault rifle ban was passed.

Ask if there’s any difference, other than cosmetic appearance, that really substantially differentiates an “assault weapon” from many typical wooden-stock semi-automatic rifles.

Ask if it’s morally right to make instant criminals out of law-abiding citizens who have never done anything wrong if they don’t willingly hand over their lawfully-acquired property.

Ask if sub-machine guns and fully automatic weapons are ALREADY essentially banned, except in a relative few cases with significant cost, paperwork, self-reporting, and background checks.

Ask them to discuss the fact that violent crime rates are half of where they were twenty years ago, when gun ownership has skyrocketed in that same amount of time.

Ask them if the UK and Australia had a drastic increase in violent crime once they instituted gun bans and confiscations. Also, ask them if both those countries have violent crime rates significantly higher than the U.S., and if anybody ever pays attention to that fact when they deride how crazy and violent the U.S. is.

Ask if the legislators who are fighting the hardest to ban these weapons have any idea about what a “barrel shroud” is, what the difference between a “magazine” and a “clip” is, what the real difference in time between changing out two 10-round magazines or one 20-round magazine is, what the size difference in a rifle with a folding stock versus a non-folding stock is, why a bayonet lug makes a weapon more dangerous, why a hand guard to prevent you from touching a hot metal barrel makes a weapon more dangerous…and why they’re so vehement about their position when they can’t articulate a good answer to any of those questions.

All of these are GREAT questions to ask, perfectly legitimate, and right in keeping with your topic!!

@Tyler: What if a handgun gets in the hands of a crazy person (handguns and “assault weapons” can be fired at the exact same speed). What if a baseball bat gets in the hands of a crazy person? Or a butcher knife? Or a speeding pickup truck? Because a crazy person can do harm with something, should that be made illegal to ALL citizens, even the law abiding ones?

What if a crazy person starts spouting off some ridiculous political opinions and ideas and gets some people to believe them? What if those ideas cause another crazy person to do something…crazy? We should start restricting freedom of speech to everyone?

THE political scientist man asked What is an “automatic knife” and are they illegal?

What is an “automatic knife?” Is it the same thing as a switchblade? Are automatic knives illegal? Are switch blades illegal?

Thanks

And got the following answer:

Yes An “Automatic Knife” is the same as a switchblade knife.

SwitchBlades are illegal in:
Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada (with Permit only), New jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Hope this helps