The Texas legislature has passed HB1862, a bill to to repeal the Lone Star State’s switchblade ban. The switchblade bill now awaits Governor Rick Perry’s signature, which is basically a sure thing. As we saw in Tennessee, however, there always seems to be some foolish resistance to modernizing knife laws. As a result, the news from Texas isn’t as good as it could have been.
The switchblade bill might have the Governor’s signature on it by the time you read this, but Texas’ knife preemption bill, HB1299, died a few weeks ago. According to Knife Rights, preemption is probably dead until 2015, and that’s a shame.
But let’s accentuate the positive: Knife Rights has done an incredible job of clearing away a lot of legislative deadwood, and their efforts have led to significant victories in several states in the last year alone. Setbacks like the failure of HB1299 are irritating, but efforts like these are how we win.