In the heart of the Lone Star State, the rules about what you can and can't carry around might surprise you. Texas is known for its strong stance on personal freedom and rights, especially when it comes to bearing arms.

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According to the Texas Penal Code, there are clear lines drawn regarding certain items. Here's a friendly guide to what's off-limits to tote around Texas.

DID YOU KNOW THESE 5 ITEMS ARE ILLEGAL TO CARRY IN TEXAS?

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Club Weapons: This category is broad, covering anything from nightsticks to blackjack clubs. If it's designed to whack, it's best to pack...it away.

Explosive Weapons: This one might seem obvious, but anything that goes boom, from grenades to dynamite, is a big no-no.

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Illegal Knives: Texas is pretty relaxed about knives but there are limits. Knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches, as well as specific sorts of automatic knives, are restricted in some areas.

Firearms for Felons: If someone has been convicted of a felony, carrying a firearm is off the table for them in Texas, with very few exceptions.

Chemical Dispensing Devices: While pepper spray is generally legal, carrying around anything designed to incapacitate or harm through chemical means, especially in large quantities, can land you in hot water.

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While Texas is big on its freedom, there's a responsibility that comes with it. This is a reminder that some things just aren't meant to be carried around in Texas. When in doubt, leave it out, and when you're curious, the law is just a quick search away. Stay safe and enjoy all the freedoms Texas has to offer.

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