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Is it illegal to carry a pocket knife into a nightclub in Wilmington?

F.T. Norton
StarNews
Swiss Army knife

North Carolina law indicates an "ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position" is not considered a concealed weapon. (StarNews file photo)

“I know that there is not a club in downtown Wilmington that will let you bring in a knife of any type,” New Hanover County sheriff’s Sgt. J.J. Brewer said.

North Carolina law indicates an “ordinary pocket knife carried in a closed position” is not considered a concealed weapon. The law defines “ordinary pocket knife” as a “small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse that has its cutting edge point entirely enclosed by its handle and that may not be opened by a throwing, explosive or spring action.”

But to clarify it further, Brewer said, “It really depends on the knife size. A Swiss army knife is not considered (a) concealed weapon. But a 6-inch locking blade knife is. It also comes down to the situation as well – depending on the circumstances a law enforcement officer could deem the actions/intentions of someone and charge them with carrying a concealed weapon.”

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