Below are some frequently asked questions about Texas’s new “open carry” law. This is not legal advice.
What does this new “Open Carry” law mean?
Texans will now be able to openly carry blades: Machetes, Daggers, Spears, Bowie Knives, Swords. Anything with a blade longer than 5.5 inches is now legal to be openly carried.
Where can’t someone openly carry something with a blade now?
- 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.
- 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.
My place of business isn’t on the list. What if I don’t want someone openly carrying a blade in my store?
- If someone enters a business and the owner or an employee don’t want them carrying, they can ask them to leave the premises.
Are there any age restrictions on openly carrying something with a blade?
- People under age 18 will not be allowed to carry such blades if not directly supervised by a parent or guardian.
What’s the punishment if someone violates the new “Open Carry” law?
- 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.