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Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Gilbert, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 905, that would rid Texas of its patchwork of local knife laws more strict than state law, has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

Time is short and we need your help to get this bill heard and passed out of this committee

If you live, work or travel in Texas, we need you to ask Chairman Whitmire to hear HB 905 as soon as possible and we need you to also CALL and WRITE the committee members and politely ask them to support HB 905. See contacts below for you to CALL and EMAIL.

Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in the state.

Two Texas cities made Knife Rights’ 10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine. San Antonio prohibits carry of all locking-blade folding knives except on the job. There’s no local restriction on fixed blade knives. In Corpus Christi it is illegal to carry any fixed blade knife or to carry a folder with a blade longer than 3-inches except when actually in use on the job.

Ask Chairman John Whitmire to please hear HB 905 as soon as possible and to please vote for a “do pass” recommendation.

  • 512-463-0115 john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us

Ask the rest of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice to please vote for a “do pass” recommendation on HB 905.

Sen. Joan Huffman 512-463-0117 joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us
Sen. Konni Burton 512-463-0110 No Direct Email Available – CALL or use email form at: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist10/dist10.htm

  • Sen. Brandon Creighton 512-463-0104 brandon.creighton@senate.state.tx.us
  • Sen. Juan Hinojosa 512-463-0120 juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
  • Sen. José Menéndez 512-463-0634 jose.menendez@senate.state.tx.us
  • Sen. Charles Perry 512-463-0128 charles.perry@senate.state.tx.us

HB 905, together with Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Ban Repeal Bill, HB 3884, would comprehensively overhaul Texas knife law, ensuring that the new freedoms will be enjoyed by all the citizens of Texas. In 2013 Knife Rights led the repeal of Texas’ switchblade ban. These bills will finish Knife Rights’ overhaul of Texas knife law.


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Done! Thanks for the heads up, Bob.

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Several Texas cities, including San Antonio and Corpus Christi, will see their restrictive knife laws voided as of September 1st when Texas House Bill 905 — Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill — takes effect.

The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws across Texas. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights’ repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state.

The two Texas cities that made Knife Rights’ “10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America” list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine, will be taken off that list on September 1.

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said,
“Removing two of the nation’s worst anti-knife cities from our list in a single act is an example of what can be done when we all work together towards greater freedom in America.”

Knife Rights has sent letters notifying elected officials, prosecutors and law enforcement in ten cities, towns and counties of the change to the Texas Local Government Code. In addition to San Antonio and Corpus Christi, letters were sent to Dallas County, Houston, Magnolia, Melissa, Odessa, Richland Hills, Shenandoah and Texarkana, all of which have now-voided knife restrictions on the books. Knife Rights volunteers continue to comb through municipal and county codes, searching for any other jurisdictions that should be notified of their now-voided ordinances.

Ritter said,
“We bring this new law to these jurisdictions’ attention in hopes of avoiding the illegal arrest and prosecution of knife owners who are in compliance with the new state law but in conflict with now-voided local restrictions. We have also requested that these jurisdictions repeal their invalidated knife restrictions in order to ensure that citizens are not misled by having an unenforceable ordinance on the books.”

“The new state law prohibits a city or county from passing or enforcing knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, thereby eliminating the old patchwork of knife laws that acted as a legal minefield for anyone carrying a knife in the Lone Star State. Residents and travelers in Texas can now be assured that a single, easily understood knife law applies statewide.”

Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights’ most important legislative effort and the foundation for ensuring all citizens enjoy any gains Knife Rights makes repealing knife bans. Restrictive local knife laws serve only to confuse and entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within a state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of knife laws throughout the state.

Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Texas House Bill 905: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB905.

2014 10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America: http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282.

About Knife Rights:

Knife Rights is America’s grassroots knife owners organization, forging a Sharper Future for all Americans. Since 2010 Knife Rights has passed legislation eliminating knife restrictions in 14 states. Knife Rights is also lead plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City over their persecution of over 60,000 knife owners.

For more information, visit: www.kniferights.org.

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2015/08/important-change-to-texas-knife-laws-is-coming-sept-1/#ixzz3k7Qj0EvP
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This is good news of which I wasn't aware. Thanks for the post.

 

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