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Monday, March 1, 2021

House approves legalizing switchblades

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.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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