Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! First, it the bill has not yet been signed by the Governor. He has until the 24th, I believe, to sign it, veto it, or let it become law w/o signing it. He is expected to sign it. In a nutshell, the term "illegal knife" will go away. Daggers, dirks, poniards and bowie knives will no longer be prohibited for carry in public. No more differentiation between single edge or double edge. A knife will be a knife. Period. The 5.5" length limit for public carry will be history. Swords will be legal to carry in public. Although why, except for historical reenactments, one would want to is beyond me, from a PRACTICAL aspect. I've carried swords. They can be a pain in the butt. An amendment was added to the final bill before it was initially passed by the House that creates a "new" category of knives, called "location-restricted knives". Location-restricted knives will be any knife with a blade longer than 5.5". The restriction part is based on where these longer blades will not be allowed to be carried. These are:: - high school/university/professional sporting event - Schools, - universities, - churches, synagogue or established place or worship, - mental institutions, - 51% establishments, - correctional facilities, - amusement parks, - hospitals and nursing facilities (unless prior permission obtained). This amendment addition was a response to the stabbing on UT-Austin's campus just 2 or 3 days before the House vote. Our Knife Rights lobbyist, Todd, worked like hell to salvage the bill. Without the amendment, it is doubtful the bill would have passed. That's it.