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Lawmaker pushes to legalize switchblades

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A state lawmaker wants the switch blade knife off the prohibited weapons list.

The switchblade knife was threatening enough for lawmakers to add it to the prohibited weapons list among armor-piercing ammunition and machine guns years ago. But state representative Harold Dutton Jr. out of Houston thinks it's time for a change.

Dutton filed House Bill 1862 asking that the switchblade be taken off the list.

Read Dutton's bill here: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1862

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson supports the bill.

"What's the problem with a switchblade, because it's got a spring? Is it an assault spring," questioned Patterson. "I have a knife. I can open it with one hand. It's pretty simple. I can open it pretty quickly. That's not a switchblade."

In fact, Patterson says the entire penal code section for weapons should be over-hauled.

"I almost don't want to change it because it's so entertaining to read," he said.

Read the weapons penal code here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

Patterson points out the fact that the tomahawk, sword, dirk, stiletto and poniard are still banned.

Some say lawmakers should give it more thought before they start hacking away at the list.

"I don't think they should be allowed. No, because it's so easy when you lose your temper to flip it out and start cutting people. No, no," said Mary Ojeda.

"I'm not sure making them legal is a good idea. Seems like there's a rise in violence around 6th Street and so having a switchblade be legal may increase people ability to be violent," said Amber Jones.

Most of the people we spoke with liked Dutton's idea.

"I believe in a person's right to carry. I have a switchblade that I may carry on occasion. I am a woman and like to go out in the evenings," said Michelle McEwen.

"Any knife, a pocket knife can hurt someone just as much as a switchblade can. So there's really no point in having so much trouble over switchblade, no switchblade," said Andrew Kaluza.

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