The devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey has affected many Knife Rights members and supporters in south Texas. Many of our members and friends throughout Texas are also involved in rescue, recovery and support operations. 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.
Out of respect for our Texas members, supporters and all those adversely impacted, Knife Rights is postponing our BYOB: Bring Your Own Bowie Freedom Celebration at the Alamo. We are working with the management team at the Alamo to pick a new date in the near future.
Texas HB 1935 takes effect on September. 1, 2017. HB 1935 eliminated daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives, completely from Texas statute, effectively allowing them to be carried anywhere in the state. This ends more than 140 years of insult to the memory of Colonel James “Jim” Bowie, co-commander of the Alamo garrison and hero of the Texas Revolution.
In commemoration of this historic enactment, a Texas Bowie Knife Liberty Celebration will be held at The Alamo on Saturday, September 2, 2017, sponsored by Knife Rights with the cooperation of The Alamo. An awards presentation will include specially engraved Bowie knives for the bill sponsors and those who helped shepherd the bill through the legislature. The presentation will include brief remarks by The Alamo’s historian, Dr. Bruce Winderson, on the history of Bowie knife and the historical significance of this occasion. The public is invited to attend and it is BYOB: Bring Your Own Bowie.
For the first time in over 140 years ordinary Texas citizens will be able to proudly carry a Bowie in public. A large assembly of Bowie knife enthusiasts, collectors and freedom loving Texans are expected.
Historical Bowie knives in The Alamo’s collection will be accompanied by authoritative presentations about the history of the Bowie knife and Col. Bowie by The Alamo staff and docents. Members of the Texas Knifemakers’ Guild will also be displaying their custom Bowie knives.
This Knife Rights BYOB event coincides with The Alamo’s monthly “First Saturday at The Alamo” event where the grounds of The Alamo are transformed back in time to the 1830s. Learn about life in frontier Texas with a living history experience that includes special demonstrations and crafts. Between the two events, this is a not-to-be-missed experience that the whole family will enjoy.
The brief celebration will begin at 10:00 AM. We look forward to seeing all our Texas friends and supporters at this historic event with their Bowie knife on their belt.
Admission: FREE to the public
Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: The plaza in front of the Alamo Church
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205