Knife Rights’ Texas Knife Law Reform Bill Signed by Governor

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Earlier in June, we learned that Bowie, Texas’ big Bowie was officially crowned the World’s Largest Bowie Knife by the Guinness Book of World Records. The news carried a hint of irony because it is still illegal to carry a Bowie knife in Texas. But this and other restrictions will disappear on September 1st, 2017, following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of Knife RightsTexas Knife Law Reform Bill yesterday.

“It’s always been ironic that you couldn’t carry a Bowie in Texas,” says Doug Ritter, Chairman and Executive Director of Knife Rights. With the passing of the new law, the doors are open on what Texans can put in their pocket or on their belt. “There are no more illegal knives in Texas,” says Ritter. The only remaining exception in the new statute is that you can’t bring knives with a blade length over 5.5″ into restricted areas such as schools, hospitals, churches, and bars that make 51% or more of their income from alcohol sales. “Texas is getting closer to being the Texas that everyone thinks it is,” Ritter says.


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According to Ritter, the victory in Texas was the culmination of six years’ worth of work, and only possible with the ongoing support from the community. In a final fundraising push for the 2017 Ultimate Steel Spectacular mega-raffle, Knife Rights has added a Tail End Bonus Drawing to sweeten the pot.


Knife featured in image: SOG Bowie 2.0

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