Important Change to Texas Knife Laws is Coming Sept. 1

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Gilbert, AZ -(AmmoLand.com)– Several Texas cities, including San Antonio and Corpus Christi, will see their restrictive knife laws voided as of September 1st when Texas House Bill 905 — Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill — takes effect.

The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws across Texas. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights’ repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state.

The two Texas cities that made Knife Rights’ “10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America” list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine, will be taken off that list on September 1.

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “Removing two of the nation’s worst anti-knife cities from our list in a single act is an example of what can be done when we all work together towards greater freedom in America.”

Knife Rights has sent letters notifying elected officials, prosecutors and law enforcement in ten cities, towns and counties of the change to the Texas Local Government Code. In addition to San Antonio and Corpus Christi, letters were sent to Dallas County, Houston, Magnolia, Melissa, Odessa, Richland Hills, Shenandoah and Texarkana, all of which have now-voided knife restrictions on the books. Knife Rights volunteers continue to comb through municipal and county codes, searching for any other jurisdictions that should be notified of their now-voided ordinances.

Ritter said, “We bring this new law to these jurisdictions’ attention in hopes of avoiding the illegal arrest and prosecution of knife owners who are in compliance with the new state law but in conflict with now-voided local restrictions. We have also requested that these jurisdictions repeal their invalidated knife restrictions in order to ensure that citizens are not misled by having an unenforceable ordinance on the books.”

“The new state law prohibits a city or county from passing or enforcing knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, thereby eliminating the old patchwork of knife laws that acted as a legal minefield for anyone carrying a knife in the Lone Star State. Residents and travelers in Texas can now be assured that a single, easily understood knife law applies statewide.”

Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights’ most important legislative effort and the foundation for ensuring all citizens enjoy any gains Knife Rights makes repealing knife bans. Restrictive local knife laws serve only to confuse and entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within a state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of knife laws throughout the state.

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Texas House Bill 905: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB905.

2014 10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America: http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282.

About Knife Rights:

Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners organization, forging a Sharper Future for all Americans. Since 2010 Knife Rights has passed legislation eliminating knife restrictions in 14 states. Knife Rights is also lead plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City over their persecution of over 60,000 knife owners.

For more information, visit: www.kniferights.org.

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Abraham
Abraham
4 years ago

Are butterfly knives illegal in odess tx

Adrian Duran
Adrian Duran
5 years ago

What is the longest legal length for a “pocket” or folding knife (blade).., in Texas? I thought it was 3″. Has this changed?

Thanks,

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

So when can we start carrying our Bowie knifes?????????

RichardH
RichardH
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Yeah, I thought that banning the Bowie knife was kind of stupid, seeing that Jim Bowie was a Texas hero.

Fijidawg
Fijidawg
5 years ago
Reply to  RichardH

Texas…..a whole other country? They’ve had the world bullshi*ted for years. Trying to look wild and wooly yet with the most restrictive gun and knife laws that sometimes even make California look good.

Stretch Asswell
Stretch Asswell
6 years ago

Repealing the switchblade law is essentially pointless, since it does not mean a double-edged is legal. Since most switchblades are double-edged, they’re still basically illegal.

David
David
6 years ago

There are tons of single edge switchblades available, both firing from the side and out the front. Take a look at Kershaw, Benchmade, and Microtech just to name a few.

Bart
Bart
6 years ago

“The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws across Texas. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights’ repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state.”

Poor paragraph.

What?

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

Will this affect Collin County or just Dallas County?

Segundo Blue
Segundo Blue
6 years ago

Now we have too get to work on those Texas State laws.