Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Digression: Starting Next Week, It Will be Legal to Carry Swords in Texas

According to a recent story in Above the Law, the
new advertisement from the Texas Law Hawk highlights three significant legal changes taking effect next week. First, drivers can no longer text and drive. That’s the sort of straightforward, logical regulation Texas is known for when there isn’t a powerful, well-financed lobbying group on the other side. Second, drivers can, under some conditions, seal their first DUI conviction. The stigma of a conviction is real and one-time offenders who’ve paid their debt to society deserve to move on after DUIs as much as any other convict. Third, it’s legal to carry swords in public.
Joe Patrice, Next Week, Swords Are Legal to Carry Down the Street in Texas, Above the Law (August 23, 2017)

As to the last item noted above, another report by a local news channel explains that a bill 

signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will now allow adult Texans to carry around long-bladed weapons, according to KPRC-TV. Abbott signed House Bill 1935 in June, allowing Texans to carry around swords, spears, bowie knives, or anything you may have seen in `Game of Thrones.' Currently, the law prohibits state residents from carrying around anything larger than 5.5 inches. The law will go into effect on Sept. 1, allowing anyone 18 years of age or older to carry their weapon of choice around with them. Despite the change, carrying weapons longer than 5.5 inches will still be prohibited in certain places. Schools, prisons, hospitals, amusement parks, churches, sporting events, and bars will remain sword-free by law
Brandon Morse, Governor Signs Bill Allowing Texans to Carry Swords, Spears and More, The Blaze (July 14, 2017)

I realize this story has nothing to do with cybercrime, but I was surprised by this legislation and what could not resist doing a short -- concededly irrelevant -- post about it. 

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