A new law will soon make open-carrying of big knives and swords such as katanas legal for Texas. Starting September 1, the ban on open-carry of any blade longer than five-and-a-half inches will end.
Starting on September 1, the law that bans the open-carry of any blade longer than five-and-a-half inches will end.
“Some other states are looking at us as a return to the old Wild West,” said Dianna Knipp, owner of Charlie’s Knife Shop situated in El Paso.
Some of the Texans still doesn’t know about the change in the law that deals with guns. It might have been drawing attention but it has stayd relatively under the radar.
“I think it will be similar to the open-carry law in Texas [for firearms] in that it will be a big stir for a while and then it will die down,” Knipp said.
State Rep. John Frullo was the one who sponsored the bill and he believes that the length of the blade doesn’t necessarily make society any more dangerous. An employee at Charlie’s, Julian Saenz, agrees and said: “You can make a lot of damage with a small knife if you know how to use it. You don’t need a big knife to make damage. So if somebody needs something for cutting something big, this is good.”
House Bill 1935, was passed in June. The bill was about removing knives from the list of items that are a crime to carry in Texas.
Carrying blades that are any bigger than five-and-a-half inches was made a crime by the Texas penal code. However, the House of Research Organization had an analysis and they found out that some people enforcing the illegal knife rule was probably discriminatory because the statute was vague and could cause confusion over what constituted an illegal knife.
Frullo said the bill sets rules that citizens, law enforcement and courts can better understand.
“I think everything we did is based on a commonsense approach,” said Frullo.
The chairwoman of the El Paso County Democrats said she doesn’t think the law is necessary.
“I personally as a parent am a little bit disturbed by the fact that we are removing those limitations. I think there are people who for very legitimate reasons, like work, do need to carry around knives and things of that nature. I’m not sure what service or what public need is met by removing those limits,” said Iliana Holguin.
Eventhough big knives will now be legal to carry around, they are not allowed or banned in some public places such as churches, hospital, courtrooms, schools and other similar places because.
“We got rid of illegal knives and made them location-restricted knives,” said Frullo.
Every state has a different knife-carrying law. Other states have been more restrictive even before Texas change its laws. Knipp said that California and Massachusetts are two of the strictest in the country, only allowing two-inch blade to be carried. The blade measurement is from where the blade enters the handle to the tip.
“I think what people need to keep in mind is, this is one of man’s oldest tools. Yes, it may need to be a personal defense tool at some point, I hope not for any of my customers, but this is a tool,” said Knipp.
We also agree with the changes, as long as people see blades as tools and not weapons. We also agree that big knives should be banned in public places like churches (isn’t it awkward to bring a big ass knife in service?), hospitals (Imagine yourself looking like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a hospital. Surely, everybody will run away from you because of the big as knife that you’re carrying) and schools (we’re sure you know why). Leave a comment below and share this to other country fans.
Big Knives and Swords, Texas
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