Thanks for the clarification. Yeah, they were mistakentxcharvel wrote:
The pocket knife referenced in the OP is not a prohinited weapon, nor were they saying it was prohibited under law to carry it there. It is their rule, and they are free to enforce it.
The courthouse ban on knives has nothing with the legality of the knife. They just don't allow them.
To clarify, the deputies specifically said that under Texas Penal Code my knife was not allowed to be carried into the building. They also referred to a sign banning weapons "according to Texas Penal Code".
Plus, they can't have a rule to simply "not allow" something. It is a public building, if it not specifically illegal then it's considered legal. That is how our laws are written. My particular knife is defined in the law, but that same knife is not listed as a prohibited weapon. Therefore it is not prohibited.
A public building can absolutely not allow something. They cannot arrest you for carrying it as a prohibited weapon or illegal knife, but they certainly can tell you that you cannot carry it there. An item being unlawful is different than an item being not allowed in.
There is nothing illegal about them prohibiting your knife.
As an example, cell phones with cameras are not allowed in many courthouses.