The types of edged weapons that are no longer restricted include:
“(A) a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches; (B) a hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; (e.g. throwing knives, “ninja stars”) (C) a dagger, including a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; (D) a Bowie knife; (E) a sword; or (F) a spear.”
HB 1935 still restricts users from carrying these weapons onto college campuses, nursing homes, sporting events and establishments that sell alcohol. The law also prohibits school-age children from carrying these types of weapons on school grounds or during school activities.
The new regulations come following a loosening of Texas’ so-called “illegal knife” laws:
In 2013, the legislature removed the restrictions on the possession of switchblade knives. Two years later, legislators voted to pass a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from making ordinances regarding knives more restrictive than those same laws at the state level.
These changes also follow the Texas trend of “open carry” laws: