February 2, 2017
Did you know you could be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon or a Class I felony for a second offense for carrying a concealed weapon, even if the item is not a gun or knife? In North Carolina, a person may be charged with carrying a concealed weapon if they willfully and intentionally carry and conceal off his or her premises. N.C.G.S. §14-269(a). Concealed weapons other than a pistol or gun includes: a) bowie knife, b) dirk, c) dagger, d) slung shot, e) loaded cane, f) metallic knuckles, g) razor, h) shurikin, i) stun gun, or j) any other deadly weapon of the like kind. This offense does not apply to an ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position. G.S. 14-269(d). A person may be charged of this offense without an intent to use the weapon at all, so long as the weapon is hidden where no part of the weapon is exposed and within the defendant’s reach. This means that you can be charged with carrying a concealed weapon for simply having a razor blade in your pocket when you get pulled over for a traffic citation. There are certain exceptions and defenses that apply to this offense, which is why it is crucial to speak with an attorney to discuss your situation.