Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Passed

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Knife RightsUSA -( Knife Rights’ bipartisan Texas Knife Law Reform Bill, HB 1935, to repeal “illegal knives” in Texas statute, was passed yesterday evening as the deadline approached on the Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar.

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Alert and called the Lt. Governor yesterday evening. It is now off to Governor Greg Abbott for his action.

Our thanks to our Senate sponsor Sen. John Whitmire for his efforts on our behalf. And, once again, we must express our thanks to our House sponsors, Primary Author, Rep. Frullo, Joint Authors, Reps. Dutton, Kuempel, Moody and Springer and Coauthors, Reps. Canales and Lambert for standing firm in challenging circumstances.

If you live work or travel in Texas, please call Governor Abbott and simply tell the person who answers the phone that you “respectfully request that the Governor please sign HB 1935.”

The Governor’s phone is 512-463-2000

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.

After the tragic University of Texas stabbing, this bill was most certainly dead without the kind of effective advocacy and lobbying skills that comes from Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner’s years of experience. Negotiating a bipartisan compromise that kept 95 percent of the bill intact, Todd spent nearly three weeks in Austin shepherding this bill through to passage.

In order to get the bill moved after the stabbing, the bill was amended to stipulate that knives with blades over 5 1/2 inches are now defined as “location restricted” knives.

These knives may be carried all over 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 percent of their income from alcohol sales. Minors are also restricted as to when they can carry these knives.

This is an unfortunate amendment, but the alternative would have been to watch the bill die and throw years of work in Texas down the drain. Assuming Governor Abbott signs the bill, it will still be a huge win for knife owners in Texas

This is a perfect example of why your support is so important. Otherwise, Todd could not have spent nearly three weeks in Austin and this bill would have died. It’s that simple. Your support is critical!

About Knife Right:

Knife Rights is rewriting knife law in America. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of switchblade bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

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D Irwin

Do the lobbyist give money for the state legislature and governors support?

Travis McGhee

Thanks so much for the update! Just to clarify, because I have heard two different versions of the new law. Some sources say one way and others sources say the other. The first one I have heard is your interpretation which is that any knife, at any length, is legal to carry, concealed or not, but knifes over 5 1/2 inches are classified as “location restricted” and are not allowed at certain locations such as schools, court house etc.This being true would mean that any style of knife with a blade length under 5 and 1/2 inches is allowed at… Read more »

David Bohmfalk, MSCJ, MSIS

Now I don’t have to be hinkey about wearing my 13-inch blade D-Guard Bowie, that I use for everything from reenacting to cutting through brush on the ranch!

Howard Van Winkle

I am thrilled that now finally I will be able to carry my fixed blade Bowie knife. It has only a 4 1/2 inch blade and was only a problem because it had a “Bowie” style and could get me questioned etc. 9-1-17 will mark the day I carry it and enjoy it. It will become a family heirloom. It is custom made but I really don’t know the maker. It is one beautiful knife.


I love my state! I do believe we are the best! Just sayin. “Remember the Alamo”!

Ken Black

Fellow Texans:
Demand your rights. Constitutional carry of firearms and no restrictions on knives are your birthright.


Amen. Current Texas gun laws only give us crumbs from our own table.