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NC Fixed Blade Open Carry

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by JSMcustoms, May 19, 2012.

  1. JSMcustoms


    Feb 2, 2012
    I've been thinking about adding my Ka-Bar U.S.N MK1 to my EDC gear. Is there anything I need to be aware of here in North Carolina before I go openly carrying a fixed blade down the street?
  2. glistam


    Dec 27, 2004
    NC Law only covers concealed carry. It is possible, though unlikely, that a large city might have local laws prohibiting open carry.

    However, legality is more than just statutory law. The Ka-Bar is a both large and recognizable as a combat knife, and so it may or may not be appropriate to carry in certain situations. For example, if you walked into a grocery store with it, the manager is within his legal rights to force you to leave, and to call the police if you refuse. If he's a bit thick, he might call the police outright and then you will have an awkward coversation with a cop to contend with, even if you walk away without a ticket. In some contexts, legal carry of a weapon can still result in a citation for disorderly conduct or "causing alarm" if other's felt threatened.

  3. JSMcustoms


    Feb 2, 2012
    Thanks, I shouldn't have much of an issue around here seeing as a fixed blade is needed for some tasks at my work (cutting very thick rope for example). Only time I would really be out in the street with it would be when I'm going to lunch. I have a couple of options for an EDC fixed blade over the Ka-Bar (which isn't as big as some I've seen). Other options include my Becker BK2 (would likely cause problems before anything else would) or my RAT 3 (though it's a little small for what I'd be using it for).
  4. skidoo


    Jan 10, 2010
    I believe Virginia code (and probably Carolina code too) has some language addressing...well...the act of being scary. I can't think of the proper terminology, and I'm not going to look it up right now, but basically the idea is that even if it's legal to open-carry a viscous looking 12" Rambo-style sawback survival knife, it's not necessarily legal to whip it out in 7-Eleven to open a bag of corn nuts.

    Just an FYI. Useless trivia, most likely.
  5. glistam


    Dec 27, 2004
    Generally it falls into Disorderly Conduct that almost all states have in some form or another. It's basically the catch-all charge for being intentionally disruptive in public or alarming others. For example most states do not actually have a public drunkenness statute, they just lump it under Disorderly. But for it to stick, it generally has to be evident you were doing something disruptive on purpose.

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