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Friday, May 17, 2013

Switchblade ban in Texas ALMOST repealed! One more push!!!

Texas Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill  unanimously sent to full Senate for Vote - CALL & WRITE Your Senator Today!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Last chance to get HB 1299 on house calendar

From user "Bladed" on Texas

For all intents and purposes, this weekend is the last chance for the Texas House Committee on Calendars to schedule HB 1299 for a vote. Please take ONE MINUTE to send a single email to the entire committee, urging them to place the bill on the House calendar as soon as possible. Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number, or they won't record your opinion. Here is the email list for the committee:

Please keep politely pushing! HB1299 is the most important one of the bunch!

Right now in Corpus or San Antonio they can throw you in jail for a lockback pocket knife!!! We need State knife law pre-emption, just like we have gun law pre-emption (no local gun ordinances allowed).

Thursday, May 2, 2013

HB 1862 vote on Monday, your help needed

Texas Switchblade Ban Repeal to Full House Vote on Monday - CALL and WRITE Today!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Texas switchblade decriminalization, HB1862, approved by House committee

We still have a long way to go, and little time. It must be:

  • Approved by the entire House
  • Sent to the Senate Committee, and passed out of there
  • Approved by the entire Senate
  • Signed by the Governor

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Texas switchblade decriminalization, HB1862, up for a hearing on April 9

This is a good bill by Rep. Harold Dutton which decriminalizes switchblades in Texas. It will be heard by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Location is room E2.016, State Capitol Building, start time is 10:30 AM. The switchblade bill is about halfway through the agenda; it will be a long day. I would contact Dutton's office if you'd like to testify, otherwise send an email or phone the committee members.

Here are the emails for the members. Please urge them to support the bill. Of course, Rep. Dutton is the author, he's sure to vote for his own bill.


83R7886 JRR-D

 By: Dutton H.B. No. 1862

  relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain
  conduct with respect to a switchblade knife.
        SECTION 1.  Sections 46.05(a), (d), and (e), Penal Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
        (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally
  or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs, or
              (1)  an explosive weapon;
              (2)  a machine gun;
              (3)  a short-barrel firearm;
              (4)  a firearm silencer;
              (5)  a switchblade knife;
              [(6)]  knuckles;
              (6) [(7)]  armor-piercing ammunition;
              (7) [(8)]  a chemical dispensing device;
              (8) [(9)]  a zip gun; or
              (9) [(10)]  a tire deflation device.
        (d)  It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this
  section that the actor's conduct:
              (1)  was incidental to dealing with a [switchblade
  knife, springblade knife,] short-barrel firearm[,] or tire
  deflation device solely as an antique or curio;
              (2)  was incidental to dealing with armor-piercing
  ammunition solely for the purpose of making the ammunition
  available to an organization, agency, or institution listed in
  Subsection (b); or
              (3)  was incidental to dealing with a tire deflation
  device solely for the purpose of making the device available to an
  organization, agency, or institution listed in Subsection (b).
        (e)  An offense under Subsection (a)(1), (2), (3), (4), (6),
  (7), or (8)[, or (9)] is a felony of the third degree.  An offense
  under Subsection (a)(9) [(a)(10)] is a state jail felony.  An
  offense under Subsection (a)(5) [or (6)] is a Class A misdemeanor.
        SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
        SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.