Have you seen a sword wielding person lately? Well if you live in Texas, you just might start seeing them on a regular occasion.
A new law in Texas has been passed that makes it legal for anyone to carry a sword, machete, or knife in public. It if has a blade, it’s allowed.
That’s right. House Bill 1935 states that knives, daggers, and even SPEARS can be carried in public starting in September.
It sounds like the streets of Texas will look more like a dual scene…..or that’s how my overactive imagination pictures it anyway.
The author of the bill, Representative John Frullo said its main purpose is to simplify the laws pertaining to knives and to limit their restrictions.
“Accidents happen and people misuse things. So any of that can apply to a knife just as well as it could to a gun,” said Mike Clark with Collectors Firearms.
Any blade over 5.5 inches, which is currently illegal, can soon be carried in public by law. That includes daggers, spears, swords, Bowie knives, and even machetes.
“But I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of it. People aren’t going to use these big knives. They’re cumbersome. You don’t want to walk around with one of those every day. But if you want to, it’s your right,” Clark said.
The only places they won’t be allowed include schools, bars, hospitals and churches.
Clark said most of these knives are used for hunting and fishing, but some people buy them for self-defense.
However, locals aren’t so sure.
“What would be the purpose like, are you trying to work out with it? What are you trying to do with it, besides intimidate?” said Nadia Cousins.
Some say they may need to be the ones who need the protection.
Mark Cousins stated, “Even if the person was no threat, I would automatically start assuming and starting to kind of look at the situation.”
Come September 1st, it will be legal. Although, Representative Frullo stated that business owners are allowed to post signs stating that they do not allow knives on the premises.
Then again, criminals don’t follow the rules so what good does that do?