Legislation to Make Long Knives, Swords Legal to Carry in Texas Postponed After UT Tragedy

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AUSTIN, Texas -- After this week's stabbings at the University of Texas at Austin, a bill that would legalize carrying certain knives in the Lone Star State has been postponed from debate on the House floor. 

  • HB 1935 would make long knives such as daggers, spears & swords legal to carry in Texas
  • Remove knives from list of weapons illegal to sell to minors
  • Bill postponed after deadly stabbing spree at UT

"Just with all the activity going on we felt that it's better just to let it wait until a later date," said the bill's author, Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock.

Lawmakers were set to take up House Bill 1935 Friday, which would make knives more than five-and-a-half inches long legal to carry -- weapons like daggers, spears and swords. 

HB 1935 would also remove knives from the list of weapons illegal to sell to minors under 18. 

But the fatal stabbing of student Harrison Brown on the UT-Austin campus earlier this week might have marked the end for this bill -- at least for this session. 

FULL COVERAGE: Deadly Stabbing Spree at UT

Law enforcement have described the weapon the attacker use used as a Bowie knife with a blade longer than five-and-a-half inches. 

Frullo decided to postpone debate for his long knife bill until next week -- though he still says it's good legislation.

"It's not making criminals out of people who have no intention of creating some type of criminal act," Frullo said.  

Democrats have also worked with Frullo on some changes -- keeping long knives banned from places like hospitals and schools. 

"Unfortunately, a tragedy like what we saw at UT maybe snapped people's attention to the fact that that needed to be addressed in this bill," said Rep. Joseph Moody, D-El Paso.

Blade enthusiasts say they're disappointed the legislation has stalled.  

"Law-abiding, adult citizens should be allowed to carry whatever knife or blade they want," said Brandt Noel, who makes his own swords.

But even Noel said he understands the decision to postpone the legislation. 

"Passing this right now -- I agree might look bad." ​ 


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