AUSTIN (KXAN) - For the first time in decades, Texans can now carry switchblades legally. It is one of nearly 700 new state laws that went into effect this week.
"We've already had our sales increase quite a bit, and I'm actually looking for one for myself,” said Thomas Stuckey, owner of Knife Sharpest in Austin.
More than 30 states already allow people to carry switchblades. Texas had banned them since the 1950s. Some say knife scenes from the silver screen – like James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause and the gangs of West Side Story – led cement their dangerous reputation.
"They kind of glorified switchblades and made them into naughty knives,” Stuckey said.
Stuckey said is is an outdated fear, though carriers should be safe and responsible.
"You still can't take knives to school or courts,” he added.
Texas is not alone in this move. This year, lawmakers in at least four other states considered laws to legalize switchblades.
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