TEXAS OPEN-CARRY SWORD LAW TAKES EFFECT FRIDAY
Starting Friday, Texans will be legally allowed to carry blades longer than 51⁄ inches in most — 2 but not all — public places.
That includes openly carrying the famous Jim Bowie knife, as well as daggers, dirks, throwing knives, stilettos, poniards, swords, machetes and spears.
An open-carry measure, HB 1935, was introduced this year by Texas House Rep. John Frullo, a Republican, but it met resistance after a student was killed and three wounded at the University of Texas-Austin by an attacker wielding a hunting knife.
As a compromise, HB 1935 was passed by changing the definition of “illegal knife” to “location-restricted” knife.