Texas Votes to Repeal Weapons Bans, Restore 2A Rights to Access Clubs and Knucks

Texas Votes to Repeal Weapons Bans, Restore 2A Rights to Access Clubs and Knucks
Texas Votes to Repeal Weapons Bans, Restore 2A Rights to Access Clubs and Knucks

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- The Texas legislature has voted to repeal the state ban on the possession, manufacture, transportation, repair, or sale of knuckles; and the ban on the carrying of a club. These bans clearly infringed on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  Texas continues to defer to federal law on the regulation of explosive weapons, machine guns, short-barreled firearms, and firearm silencers.

They continue to ban armor-piercing ammunition, chemical dispensing devices, zip guns, and a tire deflation device, all with rather esoteric definitions in the law.  Perhaps the legislature is saving the repeal of the bans on those devices for another day.  From dallasnews.com:

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers have passed legislation lifting the state ban on brass knuckles, kitty keychains and other self defense items.

The Texas Senate gave the bill its final OK on Wednesday morning; it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature or veto. Abbott's staff did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday. Bill author Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, said the bill was “another step” toward getting rid of” antiquated laws regarding weapons.”

“We did it with switchblades. We did it with knives and now with knuckles,” Moody said Wednesday. “Hopefully, now, with this on the way to the governor, we can ensure these types of laws aren't being used inappropriately to go after folks who have legitimate tools of self defense.”

HB 446 was passed in the House, on 9 April 2019, 147-1, with 2 absent. It passed in the Senate, on 15 May 2019, unanimously, 31-0.

If Governor Abbott signs the bill into law, it will take effect 1 September 2019.

Another step in restoring Second Amendment rights. HB 446 was filed by Joe Moody, a Texas Democrat who represents El Paso. Seeing a Democrat champion the right to arms is becoming less of a rarity, as long as the arms are not guns.  Several leftist groups have joined with Knife Rights in an attempt to reform New York's knife law, because of the abuse of the law by New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

The knife reform bill has passed the legislature at least twice by nearly unanimous votes, only to be vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

It is hard to argue, as Texas Representative Moody (D)-El Paso, noted, against the carry of knives, clubs, knucks and stun guns, when the carry of firearms is perfectly legal.

Thus the restoration of Second Amendment rights for one set of self-defense tools reinforces the restoration of the rights of others.

The repeal of the bans on stun guns, knives, clubs, and knucks serves to reinforce the legitimacy of self-defense. Self-defense, defense of others, and defense of the community are the key to restoring Second Amendment rights.

Those who wish to disarm the population specifically target the right to self-defense and work to de-legitimize it. In England, Canada, and Australia, defense is specifically excluded as a legitimate reason to own a firearm.

People will accept police discretion for who may play games with guns, hunt, or collect. They are far less willing to allow the police to decide who will have the ability to defend themselves.

If a plastic key chain set of knucks is legitimate for self-defense, how can a pistol not be?


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Jim Smolen
Jim Smolen
1 year ago

Does anyone know if this change in the law legalizes the carry of collapsible batons as well?

Spice Williams-Crosby
Spice Williams-Crosby
1 year ago

GREAT! If you go to: http://www.IFightForMyLife.com you can buy a LEGAL Kitty Kat Key Guard for your keys to help you make space in the event of an attack and help SAVE YOUR LIFE! Only $10

A.x. Perez
A.x. Perez
1 year ago

It is scary to think that a liberal, Moody, pushes non firearm 2nd Amendment rights, while an alleged conservative, Bonnen, opposes Constitutional Carry. It was a liberal and a conservative who pushed stealth constitutional carry four years ago and conservatives who shut it down.
BTW, Moody is a mixed bag. He is involved in several gun control bills as well as some attempts to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

Tommie Thompson
Tommie Thompson
1 year ago

Austin is a bastion of liberal politics. Democrats continue to ignore the full scope of the 2nd amendment as an inalienable right to protect one’s life and property.

Robert
Robert
1 year ago

A demoncrap did this? Be wary tejas people.never trust a wolf in sheeps clothes

Gregory Romeu
Gregory Romeu
1 year ago

Just WHO of these legislators is going to be present during the time(s) of self-defense situations and WHAT are they, (if they were present) going to do to defend any one of us? Isn’tv this the same scenario that abortion activists are claiming? That if you aren’t a female you shouldn’t have the authority to draft legislation regarding female’s bodys? If so, then How can any legislator that is following their oath of office and the ethics of that office pass any legislation regarding, regulating or otherwise taking away from or otherwise dictating any form of defense of a US… Read more »

m.
m.
1 year ago

thnx for “providing” the same rights that criminals have always had – i feel so safe now

Ton E
Ton E
1 year ago
Reply to  m.

Yep. Take what’s mine and then lend me scraps from my own stuff. Thank you massa!

m.
m.
1 year ago

but Constitutional carry too much for the TX legislature straus-clones

Ed
Ed
1 year ago
Reply to  m.

Does this also cover saps (leather enclosed) lead “clubs”?