Have at thee, partner!
What do guns and swords have in common? Most people’s knowledge of them come from TV and video games, there’s a thin line between collecting them as a hobby and as an obsession, and both are now legal to openly carry around in the state of Texas.
Thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature, Texans will now be allowed to carry blades longer than 5.5 inches. They’ve already been able to carry knives below the 5.5 inch length, but the new law allows Texans to carry swords, spears, and daggers.
Time reports: Texas is not the first state to enact such a law. Montana and Oklahoma have both passed legislation scrapping their bans on bladed weapons in the past few years, CNN reported. But after a man was accused of killing a University of Texas at Austin student and wounding three others with a hunting knife, debate on the legislation was delayed.
Still, State Rep. John Frullo, who authored the bill, told CNN he stands by his law. “House Bill 1935 provides a common sense solution by prohibiting any knife with a blade over five-and-a-half inches in certain location restricted areas,” he said in a statement.
Fortunately the same Texan line of thinking with guns still applies to swords. “If everybody has one, nobody is gonna be crazy enough to use theirs!”
It’s still illegal to carry your sword into religious buildings, schools, hospitals, bars, or anywhere where firearms are generally banned. The law does not take effect until September, so those katanas will have to stay on the wish list for just a little while longer.