Swords will be legal to carry in many public areas in Texas starting this fall. Photo: NBC (file)
This fall, adults in Texas will officially be able to carry blades longer than 5.5 inches under new state regulations. Yes, that includes swords.
The new rules go into effect on September 1, 2017 and rescinds previous regulations that prohibited long blades, double edged blades and other types of knives.
Under the new law, however, swords, spears, daggers, sabers, bowie knives, machetes, double-edged blades and more will be legal to carry statewide. There are a few exceptions, however.
Places where the law will not apply include schools, prisons, hospitals, amusement parks, places of worship and sporting events. You won't be able to bring a sword into a bar either, but most public areas will become fair game.
"House Bill 1935 provides a common sense solution by prohibiting any knife with a blade over five-and-a-half inches in certain location restricted areas," Rep. John Frullo, the Republican representative from Lubbock who authored the bill, told CNN in a statement.
Texas joins Montana and Oklahoma in lifting bans on certain bladed weapons. The new legislation had stalled in May but the bill ultimately went on to pass. Supporters of the new regulation argue that the old restrictions were unfair and targeted objects used rather than the people who've wielded them to cause harm to others.
"We won't stop until Texas is as free as everyone thinks Texas is," wrote Knife Rights, a national advocacy organization that has supported the bill.