Originally Posted by rhymesgalore
From an outsiders perspective it's a bit funny, that this tiny knife is illegal, but firearms are "no problemo"
You must be new to US laws.
Scary is bad. Therefore, all scary things must be banned.
The ban on switchblades happened largely due to their prominent part in West Side Story
, Rebel Without a Cause
and movies at the time. The news media played up gang knife violence with switchblades, whipped the public up into a furor, and poof, bye bye switchblades.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and The Outsiders
featured balisongs. Same media song and dance. They got patchwork banned, with some locales lumping them with switchblades, some locales lumped them with gravity knives, and some banned them by name.
Same for nunchucks and other "Eastern" weapons like "ninja" stars with the popularization of martial arts films.
Yet good ole 5.5" fixed blades are perfectly fine for carry in Texas. Go figure.