Paintball is back in the news after a new law was passed by Texas state lawmakers on Monday that banned the sale of paintball rifles and paintball pistols, a decision that comes just days after the first federal ban was placed on the sport.
The legislation was originally proposed by Texas Rep. Brian Birdwell, R-Tyler, who has introduced similar legislation in several other states.
He’s hoping to push the legislation through the legislature this session, but if it fails, he plans to reintroduce a similar bill next year.
Paintball has exploded since the ban was enacted, with the sport currently being played at more than 200 locations in Texas and New York.
The Texas legislature’s decision comes just one day after the country’s largest paintball event, the Paintball World Championships in New York City, was canceled due to the new law.
The Texas ban is one of several that has been implemented nationwide, and it’s unclear how many states are looking to reinstate the sport, but some have already moved to do so.
The first ban in Florida came after two paintball players were charged with battery and other crimes for allegedly assaulting a female paintballer.
The law also comes just weeks after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order that prohibits the possession, manufacture, sale, and use of paintballs.
It’s unclear whether the new legislation will affect paintball’s popularity in the state, though the sport is growing at a faster rate than any other sport.