Breaking: Texas Preemption, Switchblade Bills Move Forward


The Texas House Of Representatives voted 141-1 yesterday to repeal the state’s ban on switchblades and automatic knives. The bill, HB 1862, now moves to the state Senate where it’s not expected to face serious opposition. This isn’t the only good news from Texas, however.

The Texas house will also consider HB 1299 (statewide knife law preemption) tomorrow, May 9th. As our Know Your Knife Laws series continues to illustrate, preemption is the single most important legislative priority for knife owners everywhere right now in states that don’t already have it.

If you live in Texas, contact your state senators and representatives and urge them to support these two bills.


  1. utdmatt says:

    Just awesome. Get this done now and next legislative session we can work on the 5-inch and bowie knife law. With that Texas would be the new home of blades 🙂

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      Land of the Free, Home of the Blades. I like that.

  2. sagebrushracer says:

    I always thought it was crazy that CA is knife friendly an Texas was not.

    1. Mark N. says:

      Yeah, but there is no state pre-emption. Consequently, although it is perfectly legal to openly carry a fixed bladed knife under state law (concealed carry is illegal), even a sword, such “nonsense” is prohibited by municipal ordinance in LA, where anything over 2 1/2 in will get you a trip to the local lockup. I suspect that SF probably has restrictive laws too.

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