Know the Law: Non-Lethal Self-Defense | North Carolina

 

The following is a video transcript.

I’m Mark Edwards, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield. Today, I will discuss the types of non-lethal weapons that you may carry in the State of North Carolina.

#1: Pepper Spray

Under North Carolina law, one of the only non-lethal weapons you may possess and legally conceal is pepper spray.

#2 A Pocket Knife

You may also legally carry and conceal an ordinary pocket knife. Even though, by its nature, the pocket knife could be used as a deadly weapon. An ordinary pocket knife is a small knife designed for carrying in a pocket or purse that has its cutting edge and point enclosed in its handle, and which may not be opened by throwing, explosive or spring action. The term “small” has not been defined by statutory or case law, though the Court of Appeals held in 1989 that a knife that was four and a half inches long when folded was an ordinary pocket knife.

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Laws on Lethal Weapons

General Statute 14-269 (a) lists a number of items that are considered lethal weapons that may not be concealed off one’s property. These weapons include Bowie knives, dirks, daggers, sling shots, loaded canes, metallic knuckles, razors, Shurikens or what are called “throwing stars,” stun guns, and any other deadly weapon of like-kind. It’s surprising that stun guns are included in that list. While it is not illegal to openly possess a stun gun, you may only use a stun gun against another person when you have a reasonable belief that you are in imminent danger of suffering serious bodily harm or death.

Get Your Questions Answered

For any questions regarding non-lethal weapons in North Carolina, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney.

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1 comments on “Know the Law: Non-Lethal Self-Defense | North Carolina

  1. I travel across many states in a RV. Which self defense tool is best to have with me. A pistol or a shotgun loaded with non lethal shells

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