On the positive side, HB905, the Texas Knife Preemption Bill has cleared all but the final hurdle. It was sent to Governor Abbot for his signature. It is unlikely that a Governor with a great 2A track record will throw a wrench in the works, but until the ink is dry nothing is official.
There was a bit of a setback though, HB 3884 which would have lifted remaining restrictions on “banned” knives such as Bowies was somewhat inexplicably pulled from the legislative calendar by Senator Whitmire.
Unfortunately, Knife Rights’ Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal bill, HB 3884, that would have repealed the remaining “illegal knives” in Texas statute failed to be voted on by deadline in the Senate. HB 3884 was passed by the House unanimously and passed out of Chairman Whitmire’s Senate Criminal Justice committee unanimously, and placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar.
Then Sen. Whitmire, who sponsored HB 3884 for us in the Senate, quietly and inexplicably yanked the bill from the Local and Uncontested Calendar without notice in an apparent last-minute political spat with our primary bill sponsor having nothing to do with our bill. We are extremely disappointed by Chairman Whitmire’s disregard for his constituents in Texas who will continue to deal with Texas’ irrational knife restrictions. We will be back again to get these archaic restrictions repealed in the next session (2 years), in the meantime Texas will remain far less free than their outsized reputation suggests.