Loyal viewers of the Cutlery Corner Network, rejoice! Texas has just passed House Bill 1935 -- the "Bowie Bill" -- allowing anyone over 18 years of age to carry knives with blades longer than 5 1/2 inches openly in public.

Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed HB 1935 into law, carrying self-protection for adults to a whole new level.

The law goes into effect Sept. 1.

For anyone who has never been in a knife fight in self-defense -- and most people haven't been and wouldn't want to get into one -- smaller blades just don't, well, cut it.

HB 1935 removes prior size restrictions on knives carried in public, allowing adults the right to openly carry large blades like hunting knives, Bowie knives, kitchen knives, machetes and swords. So, feel free to show off on the streets of Houston your Japanese wakasashi or katana like Michonne on "The Walking Dead."

Just don't do it in restricted areas such as courts, bars, schools, airports, government buildings,, hospitals, sporting events or polling locations.

"What this law does is it gets rid of all that grey area and simplifies the law,” said AJ Postell, co-founder of Lone Star Gun Rights.

“The way the law currently is is that any knife with a blade length over 5 ½  inches is prohibited, so with the new law, it basically takes all that prohibited language off the books thus allowing knives over 5 ½  inches of blade length, also daggers, double-edged knives, dirks, even swords will soon come legal Sept. 1," Postell added.

Knives are fearsome weapons for those skilled enough to use them in self-defense when lives or property are at stake. They've been used to get out of many a jam.

In 2009, a Johns Hopkins medical student armed with a "samarai sword" killed a suspected burglar in his garage in Baltimore. A similar incident took place in May 2013 when a Fresno homeowner killed a robber with a katana sword.

Texas is leading the nation in the open carry of firearms as well as cutlery. Knives are effective weapons of self-defense, they're cheap, and they have a powerful deterrent effect.

Before, a robber might have laughed at a Texan armed with a 3-inch folding knife.

They won't be laughing now.

As the fictional movie character Crocodile Dundee once said as he brandished his long blade -- "Now, that a knife."

Do you support the new open carry law for knives in Texas? Let your voices be heard in the comment section below.

Source: Fox News

 
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