In NC, this is the case as well. If a firearm is "diguised" so that it's true nature as a REAL firearm is not redily discernable (like a derringer belt buckle), it is considered "concealed" even if it's displayed in plain sight, under the interpretations of the NC AG:
In Virginia this would technically be concealed carry as it is disguising the true nature of the weapon. The Tenn. website is not working well today so I have not been able to read the Tennessee definition of "concealed" to find out.
L. IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL SMALL PISTOL OR KNIFE WHICH IS DESIGNED TO FIT INTO A BELT BUCKLE CONSIDERED CONCEALED IN NORTH CAROLINA?The OP is obviously courting an encounter with LEO's by 1) carrying a firearm that is only classified as a "handgun" because of the quirks of the BATFE's bizarre and convoluted statutes, 2) taking advantage of a VERY recently-changed law, and 3) painting the tip of his REAL firearm orange, to disguise it as a toy, which is blatantly misleading, and under NC and Federal firearms laws argueably illegal.
ANSWER: Yes. Gun and knife belt buckles described above falsely
give an impression of being ornamental in nature. As
their nature and purpose is concealed and misleading,
coupled with the weapons‚Äô immediate and ready
accessibility to the wearer of such a belt buckle, they
would be considered concealed.
He will eventually be arrested, and he deserves it. He is carrying concealed without a permit, he is abusing the hard work of the SERIOUS people in the OC movement, and he is obviously a First Class A$$hat.
Hopefully he will be arrested and not shot by some twitchy LEO someday...