KTVT-TV (CBSDFW) reported that HB1935, which allows open carry of knives with blades longer than 5.5 inches, was initially tabled after a man killed a University of Texas student and wounded several more with a hunting knife in May.
Under the new law, “carrying a sword down the street, carrying a Bowie knife down the street … completely legal. Machetes if you want to,” Ahnna Escobedo, general manager at Fort Worth’s House of Blades, told the station, adding: “Texas move right there, sure.”
The law won’t apply everywhere. Those wielding sabers will have to leave them behind if visiting prisons, schools, hospitals, bars, amusement parks, sports events or places of worship.
Escobedo admitted that the sight of someone sauntering through the neighborhood with a bayonet could be disconcerting for some.
“The idea that someone is walking down the street with a sharp object maybe larger than your toddler, that could be pretty alarming for people,” she said.
In passing the law, Texas follows a path previously carved by Montana and Oklahoma, which have OK’d similar legislation.