Have you ever wanted to pretend like you’re a medieval knight without being looked at like a freak? Do you get frustrated knowing that you can’t wield your Katana in public without going to jail?
If you have these or similar frustrations, then you probably should consider moving to Texas. A new law called Bill 1935 went into effect this month and it allows citizens over the age of 18 to open-carry blades over the formerly restricted length of 5 ½ inches.
The new legislature makes it perfectly legal to carry daggers, dirks, spears, long swords, bastard swords, sabers, rapiers and other stabbing devices without penalty.
“The way the law currently is is that any knife with a blade length over 5 ½ inches is prohibited, so with the new law, it basically takes all that prohibited language off the books thus allowing knives over 5 ½ inches of blade length, also daggers, double-edged knives, dirks, even swords will soon come legal September 1,” said AJ Postell, a supporter of the law and founder of Lone Star Gun Rights.
While it is legal to possess the weapons in public spaces, several locations are off limits. Restricted areas include: bars, schools, places of worship, airports, government offices, jails, sporting events, polling locations and hospitals. As for everywhere else, you’re free to walk around like it’s 1055.
The Bill was introduced by knife activists who felt that law-abiding citizens were being treated as criminals for not meeting the previously arbitrary length limit.