Houston martial arts school embraces Texas’ new sword law

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A Houston martial arts instructor hopes a new Texas law allowing people to carry large blades in public won’t get abused.

Sword To Sword’s lead instructor Dakao Do is optimistic about House Bill 1935, which was just signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. The law goes into effect Sept. 1 and allows people over the age of 18 to carry blades longer than 5 1/2 inches in public.

“The most relevant lesson for the general public is that, as with any firearms or other weapons, proper training and mindset far outweigh the ‘cool’ factor of openly carrying a gun or sword in ignorance of its proper use,” Do said.

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Sword To Sword began as a training group for European martial arts 16 years ago. It offers martial arts classes on long sword, rapier, and other medieval and Renaissance weapons. 

The knife bill was authored and filed by Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock, in February to bipartisan support. In May, the bill stalled monetarily after a University of Texas student stabbed multiple classmates on campus. Student Harrison Brown was killed in the stabbing and three others were injured. Student Kendrex White was arrested in connection to the attack.

White was charged with murder and is  being held in the Travis County jail. His bail is set at $1 million, according to the jail’s inmate search.

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A week after the stabbing, Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., D-Houston, introduced an amendment to the bill that restricted knives with a 5 1/2 inch blade from schools, bars, sporting events and churches, among other locations. The blade White used in his attack was a Bowie Knife, a large hunting knife that falls under the “location-restricted knife” category.

The amended bill was signed by Abbott on June 15.

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