Texas Bill Would Restrict Retail Display of Knives

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Texas Bill Would Restrict Retail Display of Knives

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- A Texas bill, HB 4415, has been introduced that would require “retail establishments” to display knives “in a locked transparent case accessible only with the assistance of an employee of the establishment.”

For purposes of this bill,”knife” is very broadly defined as “any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument.” “Retail establishment” is also very broadly defined as “a place of business open to the general public for the sale of goods or services.”

While some knife sellers choose to keep some of their displayed inventory under lock and key, this bill would require ALL knives on display to be locked down. Beyond the obvious difficulties this bill would present to knife retailers, it would also impact any store with a small knife section (department and big box stores, hardware stores, gas stations, etc.) as well as swap meets, gun shows and knife shows. Imagine if ALL of the over 140 exhibitors at the upcoming ICCE in Ft. Worth (see below) were required to lock up ALL the knives on display at their tables?

Knife Rights has been instrumental in defeating 8 anti-knife bills in 6 states since 2010 and we’re working to make sure legislators understand how problematic this proposed law would be. We will let you know if we need your support contacting legislators to oppose this bill.

Knife Rights’ ongoing effort to repeal more of Texas’ remaining knife restrictions is moving forward. Todd Rathner, Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs, is in Austin lobbying for passage of HB 956. Click here to read about HB 956, Knife Rights’ bill to reform Texas Location Restricted Knife Law.

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Some damn liberal Texas legislator trying to obtain some fame and votes with stupid legislation. It’ll work in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso where the liberals and morons (I repeat myself) abound.


I’m trying to remember in kommiefornia and in Oregone going into a store and seeing knifes not locked up in glass counters unless you went to the kitchen department.

I guess kitchen department knives are not as dangerous.


Politicians need to be kept under lock and key…….permanently.


We are getting way too many Democrat traitors in Texas


Not mentioned is how problematic this is for grocery stores and big box stores that sell kitchen knives or hardware stores that sell box cutters. Box cutters brought down the World Trade center and killed 3000. Then I ask will it include butter knives? They can inflict harm. Why stop there? Hammers can inflict as much harm as some of these small knives. Are we headed for hammer registration? I fall back on my usual observation – Good guys don’t need laws Bad guys don’t heed laws. One more law is not going to stop bad guys from doing bad… Read more »


What next? Knife registration or background checks.

Ryben Flynn

That does not look like the classic Bowie knife.
No clip point.