SAN ANTONIO – Until this summer it was illegal in Texas to carry a weapon named for one of the prominent heroes in the Texas Revolution.
But on Sept. 1, that will change, as House Bill 1935 -- known as the "Texas Knife Law Reform Bill" -- goes into effect.
Signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 15, HB 1935 repeals the ban on daggers, including dirks, stilettos and poniards, swords, spears and, yes, Bowie knives.
With the passing of this bill, these knives may be carried anywhere in Texas except in places such as schools, colleges, correctional facilities, houses of worship and bars. Minors are also restricted from carrying these knives.
Bill comes on heels of fatal stabbing at UT campus
The signing of the bill comes just a month and a half after one person was killed and three others were injured during a May 1 stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Police arrested a 21-year-old student, identified as Kendrex J. White, who was armed with a hunting knife.
White, 21, told the media he carried a knife on campus for protection and because his friends were carrying guns on campus, which is permissible under a new state law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses.