Texas Allows Open Carry of Knives & Swords
In a move that gets closer to actually recognizing the right of the people to keep and bear arms of all kinds, the state of Texas has advanced a bill into law that will recognize the right of citizens to carry knives or swords with blades that are longer than 5 1/2 inches in public.
After September 1, 2017, if you are carrying anything from a small dagger to a long sword in public, you will not be violating any laws, as it should be.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1935 into law, which removes the restrictions regarding knife blades being carried in public by adults.
“What this law does is it gets rid of all that grey area and simplifies the law,” said AJ Postell, co-founder of Lone Star Gun Rights. “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.”
Many activists believed they were seen as criminals for merely carrying knives.
“We were seeing a lot of Texans get in trouble for the mere possession of something that they were legally allowed to own and to buy, but they were getting in trouble for possessing that item,” said Postell.
Many places, including bars, schools, churches, airports, government buildings, hospitals, correctional facilities, sporting events and polling locations may still infringe on your right to keep and bear arms per the law, even after September 1.
“If someone goes into a business and the business owner or an employee is not comfortable with what they’re carrying, they can ask them to leave or ask them to go place it in their vehicle and, again, law abiding people are going to do that,” Postell said.
I’m glad to see this move in the right direction. The right to keep and bear arms is not only about guns, but about any arms that can be held by the people to restrain a tyrannical government and defend their communities. This even includes tanks and warships. For even more on arms, check out what this American in Colorado has in his arsenal!