AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Switchblades could soon be legal in Texas following a vote in the Texas House of Representatives.
Lawmakers approved the bill on Monday without discussion and on a voice vote.
The measure’s author, Houston Democrat Harold Dutton, had originally said he wanted to start a debate on weapons laws, including gun control. The knives were outlawed as an anti-gang measure in the 1950s.
But knife collectors and conservative Republicans embraced the measure, and it faced no opposition. The law must now pass a procedural vote and then will go to the Senate for final approval.