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    Is it legal in NC to carry a knife under a hunting coat?

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    It depends on the knife. Some are legal and others are not.
    I do not have the statutes in front of me to tell you which way things go.

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    It would be a Taiwanese made fix blade survival knife in a sheath

    Sheath and knife would be on my belt but under my hunting jacket

    I figure if I carried that way it would be illegal and concealed

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    I am pretty sure that there is a length on fixed blades before they become dirks or daggers, and are not allowed to be carried.
    I don't remember if there is an OC or CC part to the statutes.

    I will try and find them later, but someone may post before I get back to it.

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    § 14‑269. Carrying concealed weapons.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person willfully and intentionally to carry concealed about his person any bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung shot, loaded cane, metallic knuckles, razor, shurikin, stun gun, or other deadly weapon of like kind, except when the person is on the person's own premises.
    (a1) It shall be unlawful for any person willfully and intentionally to carry concealed about his person any pistol or gun except in the following circumstances:
    (1) The person is on the person's own premises.
    (2) The deadly weapon is a handgun, and the person has a concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with Article 54B of this Chapter or considered valid under G.S. 14‑415.24.
    (3) The deadly weapon is a handgun and the person is a military permittee as defined under G.S. 14‑415.10(2a) who provides to the law enforcement officer proof of deployment as required under G.S. 14‑415.11(a).
    (b) This prohibition shall not apply to the following persons:
    (1) Officers and enlisted personnel of the armed forces of the United States when in discharge of their official duties as such and acting under orders requiring them to carry arms and weapons;
    (2) Civil and law enforcement officers of the United States;
    (3) Officers and soldiers of the militia and the national guard when called into actual service;
    (4) Officers of the State, or of any county, city, town, or company police agency charged with the execution of the laws of the State, when acting in the discharge of their official duties;
    (5) Sworn law‑enforcement officers, when off‑duty, provided that an officer does not carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance or while alcohol or an unlawful controlled substance remains in the officer's body.
    (b1) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that:
    (1) The weapon was not a firearm;
    (2) The defendant was engaged in, or on the way to or from, an activity in which he legitimately used the weapon;
    (3) The defendant possessed the weapon for that legitimate use; and
    (4) The defendant did not use or attempt to use the weapon for an illegal purpose.
    The burden of proving this defense is on the defendant.
    (b2) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that:
    (1) The deadly weapon is a handgun;
    (2) The defendant is a military permittee as defined under G.S. 14‑415.10(2a); and
    (3) The defendant provides to the court proof of deployment as defined under G.S. 14‑415.10(3a).
    (c) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a1) of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor for the first offense. A second or subsequent offense is punishable as a Class I felony.
    (d) This section does not apply to an ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position. As used in this section, "ordinary pocket knife" means a small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse, that has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its handle, and that may not be opened by a throwing, explosive, or spring action. (Code, s. 1005; Rev., s. 3708; 1917, c. 76; 1919, c. 197, s. 8; C.S., s. 4410; 1923, c. 57; Ex. Sess. 1924, c. 30; 1929, cc. 51, 224; 1947, c. 459; 1949, c. 1217; 1959, c. 1073, s. 1; 1965, c. 954, s. 1; 1969, c. 1224, s. 7; 1977, c. 616; 1981, c. 412, s. 4; c. 747, s. 66; 1983, c. 86; 1985, c. 432, ss. 1‑3; 1993, c. 539, s. 163; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 1995, c. 398, s. 2; 1997‑238, s. 1; 2003‑199, s. 2; 2005‑232, ss. 4, 5; 2005‑337, s. 1; 2006‑259, s. 5(a).)

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    You are free to OC a fixed blade, you just can't conceal it. According to what you posted, any fixed blade would fall under bowie knife, dirk, or dagger.
    You may be able to get away with it though under section b.b1.1-4

    Does that help at all?

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    That helps but its kind of hard to OC a knife when its cold out and you have your cold weather hunting gear on.



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