Proposed bill would designate a state gun in Texas

Apr 11, 2017

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Texas may soon have a state gun, joining chili as the state dish, pecan as the state tree, and Guadalupe bass as the state fish.

As The Guardian reports, there are currently three proposals to designate a state gun, one of which passed through a senate committee hearing Thursday that if passed, would make the cannon the official state gun.

Another calls for the 1847 Colt Walker pistol to be recognized as the official handgun of the Lone Star State.

The third would make the Bowie knife – a knife named after Jim Bowie who died in the battle of the Alamo - the official state knife.

The cannon resolution references the 1835 battle of Gonzales, when Mexican soldiers tried to take a cannon from a group of Texans who resisted, marking the beginning of the Texas revolution.

Texas has designated dozens of state symbols over the years, including an official pollinator (the western honey bee), cooking implement (the cast-iron Dutch oven), and shell (the lightning welk).