File - in the Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, pauses during the House session, in Austin, Texas. State legislatures from Tennessee to Kansas to Indiana to Alask

 

              File - in the Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, pauses during the House session, in Austin, Texas. State legislatures from Tennessee to Kansas to Indiana to Alask
File - in the Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, pauses during the House session, in Austin, Texas. State legislatures from Tennessee to Kansas to Indiana to Alaska are considering measures to legalize the switchblade, the favored weapon of fictional midcentury street gangs. In Texas, where weapons laws tend toward the permissive, switchblade legislation has advanced to the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. All of which might seem fairly unremarkable, except that the bill's author, Dutton, has a National Rifle Association rating of F. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)