Don’t mess with Texas! Starting this Fall, adults in Texas will be permitted to carry knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches openly. Here are the facts even more clearly. After September 1st, you will be able to carry swords, spears, daggers, sabers, bowie knives and machetes. They will all be perfectly fine to carry around in public. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law last month, and it will go into effect September 1st.
The present law states that knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches can be purchased but not carried, with limited exceptions. Just in case you are concerned, there are some places where the new law won’t apply: schools, prisons, hospitals, amusement parks and places of worship. And long blades are still banned at sporting events. Oh yeah, you can’t bring your sword into a bar, either.
“House Bill 1935 provides a common sense solution by prohibiting any knife with a blade over five-and-a-half inches in particular locations or restricted areas,” Rep. John Frullo, the Republican representative from Lubbock who authored the bill, told CNN in a statement.
Texas was behind a couple of other states like Montana and Oklahoma. They both passed laws lifting their bans on bladed weapons like swords before Texas did.
This new freedom to carry the stuff of “dungeons and dragons,” was almost stalled after a man was accused of using a hunting knife to kill one student and wounding three at the University of Texas at Austin. Representative John Frullo postposed the debate on the legislation for a week, but then stood fully by his bill.
“It’s not making criminals out of people who have no intention of creating some type of criminal act,” Frullo told Spectrum News in Austin. Knife Rights, a national advocacy organization, supported the new Texas legislation but is not done. They said that there is still a ways to go to strike “those last remaining minor knife restrictions in Texas. We won’t stop until Texas is as free as everyone thinks Texas is,” the group wrote in a statement.
So what do you think about this new freedom in Texas?