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Civil War re-enactors fire a cannon during a demonstration at the Living History Days at Confederate Reunion Grounds on  Friday April 16, 2010 near Mexia, Texas. The weekend event features battle re-enactments, demonstrations, music and educational lectures. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune-Herald, Duane A. Laverty)

Texas may name an official state gun. And it might be the cannon.


Every state has "official" things in weird categories. Maryland's official sport is jousting. Oklahoma and Utah have an official folk dance (square dancing). 

And now Texas might name a state gun. If a bill in the state senate passes, it might be the cannon, The Guardian reports. It already passed a legislative committee on Thursday.

It's not the only proposal for a state weapon. Another proposed bill would make the 1847 Colt Walker pistol the state handgun, and another aims to make the Bowie knife the state knife.

Obviously the cannon is the most significant symbol we have for the state of Texas...
Don Huffines, Texas State Senator

Texas wouldn't be the first state to designate an official state weapon. Utah made the Browning M1911 pistol the official state gun in 2011. Arizona, Indiana, West Virginia, Alaska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee also have official state guns, ranging from revolvers to the Barrett M82 rifle.

State Sen. Don Huffines, a Republican, said the cannon shouldn't anger gun control advocates since cannons are "symbolic." There are multiple cannons in downtown Austin, and every University of Texas home football game begins with a blast from Smokey the Cannon.

"We don't have people down here complaining about cannon control," Huffines said. 

Critics thought the proposal was a joke.

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