Saturday, July 15, 2017

Meanwhile, In Texas: Governor Signs Bill to Allow Open Carry of Stilettos, Swords and Spears

Dirks and daggers too. No word on battle-axes.
From NBC5 Dallas:

Swords, Daggers and Machetes Will Soon Be Legal to Carry in Texas
A new law on knives in Texas means long knives like swords, daggers and even machetes soon will be legal to carry in public.
Double-edged knives and blades longer than five-and-a-half inches also will be allowed starting Sept. 1.

State Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock, introduced the bill during the last legislative session, arguing the current rules are outdated and confusing.
Exceptions include places like schools, bars and churches.

At the House of Blades, Fort Worth's largest knife store, manager Matt Salazar said he expected a jump in business.
"Lately there's been a lot of fuss about the new law," Salazar said.
Customers welcomed the change.

"I don't see any problem with it," said Jason Hoch, a visitor from Pennsylvania....MORE
Prisons, hospitals, amusement parks, and sporting events will also remain sword/spear-free by law.
Violations will be a Class C misdemeanor, which carry a fine of as much as $500.
Cocktail swords, being under 5.5 inches are exempt from the bar prohibition.