Boxing brackets are now legal in Texas after Republicans voted to remove them from the banned list for self-defense
- State House of Representatives and the State Senate voted unanimously in favor
- In a current law it was illegal to own, produce, transport or sell knuckles
- The weapon is signed off the forbidden list that also contained the switchblade
On September 1, it will be legal in Texas to wear boxing braces in the name of self-defense.
The State House of Representatives and the State Senate voted unanimously for the bill with the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 446 into law on Saturday after a motion was submitted late last year.
In an existing law, it is illegal to own, produce, transport or sell a list of dangerous items, including & # 39; knuckles & # 39 ;, The list also contains everything from explosives to home-made weapons.
In an existing law, it was illegal to own, produce, transport, or sell a list of dangerous items, including & # 39; knuckles & # 39 ;,
But now the weapon has been dragged off the list, sponsored by nine male representatives, including Jonathan Stickland, who is a vocal anti-vax campaigner.
Rep. Joe Moody, a democratic El Paso legislator who also sponsored the bill, told the Texas Standard that the proposal is about self-defense.
& # 39; A young woman with a key ring for self-defense certainly fits in with the status of the knuckles & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; And she was arrested for that. & # 39;
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 446 in law on Saturday, it will take effect in September
Who are the nine yay sayers?
Rep. Joe Moody: L.awyer from El Paso, Texas, who is Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives. He represents District 78, fully established in El Paso County, since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Rep. Joe Moody is a lawyer from El Paso
Rep. Jonathan Stickland: Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, which includes part of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth.
Rep. Tom Oliverson: Anesthesiologist who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 130.
Rep. John Frullo: John Michael Frullo, Sr. is a businessman from Lubbock, Texas, who is a republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 84. Since 1993, Frullo has owned Midtown Printing Company in Lubbock.
Rep. Steve Toth: Businessman from The Woodlands, Texas, who represents District 15 as a Republican.
Rep. James White: Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 19, which includes Polk, Hardin, Jasper, Newton and Tyler districts.
Rep. John Wray: Lawyer, businessman, and politician from his hometown of Waxahachie in Ellis County in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
Sen. Charles Perry: Republican member of the Texas State Senate from West Texas District 28 with two cities, Lubbock and San Angelo, and 46 mainly nationwide provinces.
Arrests like that are certainly contrary to our rights to self-defense, "Moody added.
The Texas Penal Code defines the weapon as a hard substance around the fingers that can cause & # 39; serious personal injury or death by attacking a person with a fist in the knuckles & # 39 ;.
Proponents of the bill said that classifying knuckles as a forbidden weapon & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; is, along with that of the switchblade – which were removed from the same list in 2013.
Until now, a knuckle crime was a class A crime or punishable by up to one year in prison or a maximum fine of $ 4,000, according to an overview of the accounts published by the House Research Organization.
& # 39; Law that applies to Texans who wear knuckles, perhaps as part of a novelty key ring, should not be vulnerable to jail time for owning a legitimate self-defense tool, & # 39; the summary says.
The keychain commentary alluded to mostly new themed trinkets with a cat theme that are used for self-defense, usually for women.
The bill was voted 9-0 and no representative had any concern about the adoption of the weapon.
Moody said about lifting the switchblade ban: & # 39; We also recently lifted the ban on switchblades.
& # 39; We do not live in & # 39; West Side Story & # 39 ;. Perhaps at some point this was used to identify criminal elements, but it is simply no longer the case. & # 39;
In Harlingen, Texas in 2014, a man was accused of murder after police said he had killed another man with boxing braces.
In 2014, three Michigan teenagers were also charged with the murder of 19-year-old Michigan State University student Dustyn Frolka, whose body was partially found on a highway side in February.
Prosecutor Chuck Sherman said that 18-year-old Samantha Grigg and Tyrel Bredernitz worked with 16-year-old Brendan Heim to rob Frolka for drug money, but eventually killed him with boxing braces.
There was a mixed response to the adjustment of the HB 446 online. & # 39; Good. Wearing self-defense weapons should not be prohibited, & # 39; said another person. Another person wrote: & # 39; Heck yes, wait until they make next rocket launchers. & # 39;
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