Pretty soon, open carry fans in Texas will be able to walk out of the house without concealing their knives.
The law will go into effect on Sept. 1, so in a few months, you can carry around that sword or dagger that's been sitting at home.
According to Austin Culture Map, the bill was set to pass earlier. It got delayed due to the fatal stabbing of Harrison Brown at the University of Texas campus.
Representative John Frullo, the author of the bill, released a statement about the bill passing. It reads: "It continues the work that the legislature has done over the past few sessions to address unfair knife laws, starting with the repeal of the ban on switchblades in 2013 and the removal of local restrictions in 2015."
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According to Knife Up, current Texas law deems the following as illegal to carry:
(A) knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;
(B) hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown;
(C) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard;
(D) bowie knife;
(E) sword; or
(G) "Knife" means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument.
There's a handy map here that details current knife laws.
There will still be some restrictions with the new law, reports Austin Culture Map. Along with restrictions for minors, blades that are longer than 5.5 inches cannot be carried in schools, colleges, correctional facilities, houses of worship, and bars.