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Texas Expands Open Carry to Include Brass Knuckles, Clubs, & More

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Will you be carrying brass knuckles this fall? House Bill 446 will go into effect on September 1, 2019, expanding open carry laws to include such things as brass knuckles, self-defense key chains, and clubs. Governor Gregg Abbott signed the bill into law over the course of Memorial Day weekend.

According to Newsweek, those in support of the bill view this legislation as an extension of the Second Amendment and the commitment of Texas toward it. They say it can you help you avoid being hurt, assaulted, or brutalized. It was passed unanimously by the Texas House of Representatives in early April, followed by the Senate also voting unanimously in favor in mid-May.

Texas Expands Open Carry to Include Brass Knuckles, Clubs, & More

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Openly carrying firearms in the state of Texas, such as handguns and rifles, is legal. In addition to that, state lawmakers rescinded a ban on the carrying of knives in public in 2017. This ban had previously been in place for more than a century. In that process, however, items such as brass knuckles were still considered illegal. If you were caught in possession of something such as a protective key chain, it was also recognized as a class A misdemeanor—punishable by as much as $4K in fines and up to a year in jail. In 2018, kitty-style key rings meant as self-defense mechanisms were causing an uproar among some in Texas due to the same law. In this instance, women were opting for the “hidden” defense in the stylish design of the key chain for those moments when they clearly felt unsafe. In some instances, self-defense classes, making a scene, and doing all that you can to avoid being hurt, assaulted, or brutalized, doesn’t stop a crime from happening. Added tools such as this, for the purpose of hurting and fending off an attacker, were giving their customers peace of mind. Changing the open carry laws to include them means that they’ll no longer be charged for simply possessing the object with which they meant to protect themselves.

Texas Expands Open Carry to Include Brass Knuckles, Clubs, & More

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Representative Joe Moody tabled the bill. He said the numbers for those being charged with such an offense highlighted the ones who simply carried them for self-defense, and he pointed to the passing of this bill as proof that the state was taking the necessary steps to update its legislation. “We aren’t living in West Side Story,” he told texasstandard.org. “Maybe at one point this was used to identify criminal elements, but it’s just not the case anymore.”