Spears, knives and swords to be allowed in public places across Texas in September
SAN ANTONIO —
Knives will be allowed in most public places come Sept. 1 now that Gov. Abbott has signed House Bill 1935.
Currently, carrying certain weapons is illegal, including Bowie knives, double-edged knives, push daggers and blades longer than five and a half inches.
Under the new law, all knives, swords and even spears are allowed in public places like parks, malls and restaurants. Some locations are still off limits, including bars that make most of their money on alcohol. People also can’t carry at sporting events, jails, hospitals, amusement parks and churches.
Knife owner Howard Van Winkle said he looks forward to being able to carry his Bowie knife starting in September.
“It won’t make any difference whatsoever as far as safety’s concerned,” he said. “People always try to make a big thing out of it. Nothing’s going to happen.”
“You’re not going to see people having knife fights for the most part in bars and things,” Van Winkle added.
One of the most recent high-profile stabbings involved a University of Texas at Austin student charged with murdering a freshman and injuring three others last month. In February, San Antonio police said a woman stabbed another to death in a Walmart parking lot.
The state’s open carry gun law that took effect in January 2016 received a lot of attention, with many concerned about safety implications. A year and a half later, spotting someone openly carrying a handgun in San Antonio is rare.
This law easing knife restrictions may be met with little fanfare. However, someone carrying a large knife, sword or spear in a public place could certainly cause alarm.
A 2015 law prevents Texas cities from enacting more restrictive local ordinances with regard to knives.