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In Texas You Can Legally Own More Guns Than Sex Toys

There's a God-given right to own guns, but definitely not more than six vibrators.

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Texas has more laws on the books regarding the possession of dildos than of firearms, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Lone Star State has a law banning the possession of more than six dildos, and a total of zero laws regulating the number of guns you can own. As the Chronicle notes, the 1973 sex toy law makes it illegal for someone to possess “six or more obscene devices or identical or similar obscene articles,” or to possess them with intent to promote the same.”

The codified discrepancy isn’t limited to Texas proper. In August 2016, University of Texas at Austin student Jessica Jin organized the “Cocks not Glocks” protest after discovering that, according to the school penal code, guns are allowed on campus while sex toys are banned.


“You would receive a citation for taking a dildo to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class,” Jin wrote on a Facebook event. “Heaven forbid the penis.”

Texas’ hard-line stance against vibrators and other sex toys is not entirely surprising considering the take the states’ lawmaker have on such devices. In 2007, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)—who worked on behalf of Texas’ former attorney general—tried to block the “private use of obscene devices” (aka dildos) in order to protect “public morals.”

“There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship,” a brief filed by Cruz’s legal team asserted.

Contrast that with Cruz’s stance on gun control.

“The Second Amendment is about something very fundamental,” Cruz said following the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015. ”It’s about the God-given right of every single one of us to protect our home, our families and our lives.”

A God-given right to own guns, but definitely not more than six vibrators. 


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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.