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TX Gov. Signs Knife Rights' Knife Law Reform Bill! Bowie Knives to be Legal to Carry!

CRitter Jun 16, 2017

  1. CRitter

    CRitter Knife Rights Knife Maker or Craftsman

    As we were in Washington, D.C. yesterday lobbying on our Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act we received the welcome news that Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, that repeals all “illegal knives” in Texas statute.

    We must once again express our gratitude to our House sponsors, Primary Author, Rep. Frullo, Joint Authors, Reps. Dutton, Kuempel, Moody and Springer and Coauthors, Reps. Canales and Lambert as well as our Senate sponsor, Sen. John Whitmire. Under the most difficult circumstances they stood tall for Texas and freedom and got this bill done. Thanks also to all of you who called and emailed in support.

    HB 1935 eliminates daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives, completely from Texas statute, effectively allowing them to be carried anywhere in the state.

    In order to get the bill moved after the tragic UT stabbing just days before the House vote, a minor amendment was added to stipulate that knives with blades over 5 1/2 inches are now defined as “location restricted” knives. These knives may be carried throughout the state except in a narrow list of places such as schools, colleges, correctional facilities, houses of worship, and bars that derive more than 51% of their income from alcohol sales. Minors are also restricted as to when they can carry these knives.

    WARNING: the new law does not go into effect until September 1, 2017. Until then, existing restrictions on “illegal knives” remain in pace.

    In 2013 Knife Rights’ repeal of Texas’ switchblade ban was enacted. In 2015 we got Knife Law Preemption enacted, removing all local knife ordinances more restrictive than Texas state law. Now in 2017 we have removed all of the “illegal knives” in Texas law, finally allowing Texans the right to carry a Bowie knife. But, we are not yet finished. We will be back in two years to see about striking those last remaining minor knife restrictions in Texas. We won’t stop until Texas is a free as everyone thinks Texas is.

    This is a perfect example of why your support is so important. Otherwise, there’s no way we could have afforded for Todd to spend nearly a month in total in Austin shepherding this bill through the legislature under the most trying of circumstances. Your support is critical!

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  2. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade You know the law: Two men enter, one man leaves. JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

    Great news
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  3. zephyr05

    zephyr05 Little member Brigade Member

    Congrats! I had no idea carrying Bowie was illegal there, that is ridiculous.
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  4. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

    Jim Bowie Died for the state of Texas , Figure that be the state official knife . Don't figure ,anyways thats awesome any break for us collectors ,,Never happen in my state New Joke .I'm mean York I can own them but step outside ,cops be knocking on your door saying a neighbor was concerned or something like that ,
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
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  5. stdlrf11

    stdlrf11 A Most Impressive Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

    Woo hoo!
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