Knife Reform Bill Passes Texas Legislature: On to Governor Abbott
By Dean Weingarten
Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- The Texas Legislature has passed significant knife law reform by large margins. The bill is on the way to Governor Abbott, and will likely be signed into law. The bill removes bowie knives, dirks, throwing knives, daggers, swords and spears from the list of “illegal knives”.
H.B. 1935 in the House with a vote of 131 to 1. The Senate vote has not yet been reported. In the last legislature a similar bill was approved by the Senate unanimously. The ban on knives was first passed in 1871.
In 1871, the reconstruction government in Texas passed the bill to forbid the carry of bowie knives and other arms that could be useful for self defense. The current statute is directly derived from that law. Here is the original verbiage. From guncite.com:
Any person carrying on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddle-bags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, sling-shot, sword-cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife, or any other kind of knife, manufactured or sold, for the purpose of offense or defense, unless he has reasonable grounds for fearing an unlawful attack on his person, and that such ground …Read the Rest