We all know that in many states in America you can buy and carry guns, right? Whatever your opinion on it, it’s allowed and it’s more than likely that it will never be banned (imagine the amount of work that would require). However, in what has to be one of the more bizarre moves we’ve seen for a while, you will also now be allowed to carry a sword in Texas. Yes, a sword.
Why you would want to carry a sword around with you, I’m not too sure, but now you can do it. I mean, as much as I don’t understand this law, I can’t help but kind of find it funny. The idea that people are going to start walking around with swords attached to them is crazy and seems like something you would be more likely to see in Dungeons and Dragons rather than a southern American state.
The law will come into fruition on September 1, and is aimed at clearing up the “grey areas” of which weapons you can and can’t openly carry around with you. Not just content with legalising swords, the legislation will also allow spears, machetes and ninja stars to be carried around as well.
In Texas, there are currently restrictions on the size of the blade that you are legally allowed to carry. At the moment, if you are in possession of a knife with a blade that is over the length of five-and-a-half inches, then you are breaking the law. However, this new legislation will get rid of these restrictions, enabling citizens to carry around large knives and in some cases, swords.
AJ Postell, co-founder of Texas-based Lone Star Gun Rights group, welcomed the change in legislation, telling Fox News: “What this law does is it gets rid of all that grey area and simplifies the law. We were seeing a lot of Texans get in trouble for the mere possession of something that they were legally allowed to own and to buy, but they were getting in trouble for possessing that item.”
However, there are certain areas where the blades will still be banned. For example, you cannot carry your sword with you in schools, prisons, hospitals, amusement parks or places of worship. Long blades will also be banned at sports events, and unsurprisingly, you can’t carry your sword into a bar (because alcohol plus swords equals disaster).
The new legislation took a while to clear, due to the fact that a man was accused of using a knife to kill one student and wound three others at the University of Texas in May – drawing controversy from some quarters. However, in light of these events, John Frullo, the Republican representative who authored the bill, was happy to delay the debate on the legislation – but stood by his bill when the time came for it to be discussed.
Speaking to Spectrum News in Austin, Frullo was pleased with the changing of the law, saying: “It’s not making criminals out of people who have no intention of creating some type of criminal act.” Frullo’s sentiments were supported by Knife Rights, a national advocacy organization, who also believe there is still some work to be done to get rid of “those last remaining minor knife restrictions in Texas.”
So there you have it, you can now basically be a samurai in Texas. To see more crazy things going on in the big southern state, why not check out 13 times Texas took things to another level.