Criminals in the Lone Star State already know that any one of their potential “victims” could be legally carrying a handgun.
Now, thugs will have to watch out for another self-defense tool in the hands of citizens. A so-called “Bowie Bill” has been signed in Texas, and will give Texans more leeway over carrying knives and other blades once it goes into effect.
According to Knife Rights, an advocacy group for blade law reforms, HB 1935 was recently signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
The law makes it legal for citizens to carry a wide range of knives, including tools that are classified as Bowie knives or daggers.
Swords, too. Yes, the new law eliminates any reference to large implements such as swords or spears, which makes them de facto legal.
However, blades with a length of over five and a half inches — sorry, Crocodile Dundee and Robert the Bruce — will still be off-limits at several locations, including schools and bars.
Despite those location-specific limitations, the vast majority of common knives will no longer be restricted. This gives citizens a wide range of options when it comes to self-defense decisions, or more commonly, simply carrying a knife as a useful, everyday tool.
The right to carry those tools is the primary focus of Knife Rights, which helped move HB 1935 through the Texas legislature.
“While our knives are primarily tools, ultimately our right to own and carry these tools is enshrined in the Second Amendment,” the organization explains on its website.
Most Americans associated the Second Amendment with gun rights, but when the Constitution was being written, swords and other blades were just as much a form of “arms” as guns.
“The fight to protect our knives is the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment. The two pillars upon which Knife Rights stands are ‘Essential Tools – Essential Rights.’ We cannot retain the former without the latter,” the group continued.
While the new law has been signed by the governor, it does not take effect in Texas until Sept. 1. So, if you’re going to strap a Claymore broadsword on your back as you go about your business, at least wait until then.
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