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Arkansas Senate names Bowie knife state’s official knife

February 19, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has voted to name the Bowie knife the state’s official knife.

The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 34-0 vote a proposal that would name the Bowie the official state knife of Arkansas. The measure now heads to the House for a vote.

The bill by Republican Sen. Trent Garner says the Bowie knife has played an important role in the state’s history and that it was known as early as 1835 as the “Arkansas Toothpick.” The measure refers to the Bowie knife as Arkansas’ most famous weapon.

Garner has also sponsored another bill that names the shotgun as the official state firearm of Arkansas.

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