Cue the screeching eagle sounder. The “Texas Law Hawk” is at it again.
The Texas Legislature passed a bill this past legislative session that eases restrictions on Texans’ right to sport a blade longer than 5 1/2 inches in public. It takes effect on Sept. 1, a day the bombastic Fort Worth lawyer Bryan E. Wilson is urging all Texans to celebrate as “Texas Sword Day” in a new online ad.
It’s a law that begs for the subtle, nuanced commentary that only a lawyer like Wilson, who has brought viral fame to his defense practice in downtown Fort Worth with his self-bestowed nickname and his often explosive antics in ads, can provide.
“Texas Sword Day isn’t about scaring people,” Wilson says in the ad, while licking the blade of a machete that just cut through a can of Mountain Dew careening toward his head. “It’s about freedom. So use that freedom responsibly. And remember, every day is Texas Sword Day” at the online retailer’s website that sponsored the ad.
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Wilson goes on to list just a few of the areas in ordinary life that stand to be improved with a sword at one’s disposal, apart from dragon-slaying: sword fishing, yard work, fun with pets, and do-it-yourself car repairs.
House Bill 1935 repeals Texas’ 1871 ban on Bowie knives and removes other long knives — such as dirks, poniards and stilettos — from the prohibited weapons list in the state’s penal code. But as Wilson demonstrates in the video, it also applies to ninja swords and machetes.
Though these blades become legal in public on Sept. 1, they will still be off limits in some areas, such as schools (where possession will still be a felony), churches, jails, polling places and many bars.