Sheath your swords on Saturday, Texans.
A BYOB event — Bring Your Own Bowie — planned at the Alamo that day has been postponed because of the devastation Hurricane Harvey has wreaked on parts of this state.
Knife supporters had planned the San Antonio event to celebrate a new law letting Texans carry long knives, including swords, in many areas across the state starting Friday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and for the safety of all those working to support those impacted by this extraordinary natural disaster,” according to a statement from the Knife Rights advocacy group.
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The group will work to reschedule the event.
“We look forward to celebrating this new-found freedom with our Texas friends at the historic Alamo in the not too distant future,” according to the group’s statement.
A new law, House Bill 1935, goes into effect Friday making bowie knives, swords, spears, daggers and machetes — all of which have been illegal to carry in Texas for years — street legal.
That means any knife sporting a blade longer than 5 1/2 inches will now be legal to carry in the state, although a few restricted areas remain off limits such as schools, churches and polling places.
Anyone who carries the long blades into restricted areas will face a Class C misdemeanor, which comes with a fine of as much as $500.