Texans legally can walk down any street carrying their long swords, Bowie knives and guns.
But plastic self-defense key chains — particularly those shaped like cats or dogs with pointy ears — are off-limits and illegal.
“It’s a prohibited weapon,” said Shannon Edmonds, a staff attorney with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. “Unlike a firearm … these are always and everywhere prohibited.”
These key chains, which have been in the news recently in Texas, can cost less than $10 — unless you’re caught with them in Texas.