TEXAS OPEN-CARRY SWORD LAW TAKES EF­FECT FRI­DAY

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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.

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