Texas residents will soon be allowed to openly carry most guns, but state law still bars the carrying of many types of knives and other weapons.
Rep. Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat, has been in favor of the Legislature having a broader conversation about Texas’ weapons law. But he tells the Houston Chronicle that, “This whole idea about Second Amendment rights has pushed everything else into the shadows.”
Residents can already openly tote rifles or other long guns in public without a license. Under laws approved earlier this year, properly licensed gun owners will be able to openly carry pistols in public starting on Jan. 1, and residents with concealed handgun licenses will be able to carry their weapons on campuses next August.
But there is no similar license for Texans to legally carry most knives, clubs or other weapons. Dutton failed this session to pass a bill that would have legalized the unlicensed carrying of knives.
State law prohibits Texans from carrying around clubs, including blackjacks or nightsticks; several types of knives, including those with a blade over 51/2 inches long; or brass knuckles, except at home or while walking to or from a vehicle.