Saturday, September 2, 2017

Texas takes a step in the right direction

They've legalized the carry of large knives and swords. Of course, there are a few restrictions:
So although Texans will be allowed to walk down the street carrying a katana, it's illegal to take blades exceeding 5.5 inches to the following places:
Bars and restaurants that derive 51% or more of their income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption.
Schools and universities.
Polling places.
Secure areas of airports.
Racetracks.
High school, collegiate or professional sporting events (unless the person is a participant in the event and a location-restricted knife is used in the event).
Correctional facilities.
Hospitals, nursing homes and mental hospitals (unless written authorization is given).
Amusement parks.
Churches, synagogues or other established places of religious worship. Also, people under age 18 will not be allowed to carry such blades if not directly supervised by a parent or guardian.
Violating the law could result in a third-degree felony charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
That wording is because of a stabbing earlier this year. Because people who are going to engage in stabbings make sure to follow the law in all its particulars, and will of course never conceal a knife over 5.5 inches, despite the fact that it's not particularly hard to conceal even a large knife, and even swords can be concealed with a little prior planning. And of course they'll never just use a baseball bat or a half-brick in a sock, should the law actually work in preventing knives from getting in. And no one has ever died of getting punched.