On September 1, Texas Will Be Kind of Doing The Opposite of This – Open Carry for ALL Bladed Weapons!

Machetes, daggers, even spears, what have you: Texans will be able to openly carry big blades as of Sept. 1 under a bill signed into law last month by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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.

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  • Gary

    Watch for the pattern where muslims with knives won’t being stabbing people in Texas.

  • I’ve been looking at katanas with the strap so you carry the sword across your back. Primarily for the intimidation factor but also for reach. Old pale Hiro Protagonist.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Texas calls for you, Senpai! 😉

    • canminuteman

      I think you can reach farther with a 44 magnum. I have been looking at getting sword for home defence for a while (I’m Canadian), since I have been a sport fencer for a long time I’m pretty handy with a sword.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Sometimes, I just love Texas!
    You can walk around with a .357 Magnum strapped to your hip, along with a broadsword, just for good measure.

    • Texas is a good place and the ladies are quite fetching.

  • UCSPanther

    Other states have been striking down laws on “scary knives” like switchblades and butterfly knives, laws which are totally useless, no different than the “Assault Weapons Ban”.

    Claiming that a switchblade is more dangerous than a Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger is quite laughable in my books.

    • canminuteman

      1907 pattern cavalry saber, the last sword in use by the British (and Canadian) army. Run your enemy through and pin his corpse to a telephone pole. Of course that assumes they are not carrying a gun. This is great, but why would you, if you can carry a gun?

      • Exile1981

        This means I can open carry my 21foot long Awl pike? I am going to have to visit texas.