Texas law will allow open carry of knives

A new law will allow adults in Texas to carry any size knife in public.

Texans are less than two weeks away from being able to carry knife blades of any size in public.

A new state law goes into effect on Sept. 1, allowing adults to carry blades in public that are longer than 5 and 1/2 inches long.

"I don't think you're going to see anyone walking down the street with a sword, but you may," Gun Central General Manager Michael McIntyre said. "I'm sure the liberal states will claim we're crazy.”

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law last month.

McIntyre said he's hopeful the new law will lead to more business at Gun Central in Central El Paso.

"There have been quite a few customers who have asked about it,” McIntyre said. “We try to keep in stock what sells well, so swords didn’t sell very well in the past, so we may see sales increase there and start stocking more to sell.”

He said he compares it to open-carry laws for firearms, where people who choose to openly carry firearms or knives are exercising their second amendment rights.

“I think it’s a good thing any time a law-abiding citizen can protect themselves,” McIntyre said. “There are probably self-defense instances every day in the United States involving knives. People just aren’t focused in on that.”

The new law will not apply everywhere. There is a list of places, including schools, hospitals, bars and sporting events, where knives will still be prohibited.

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