When I was growing up in SoCal carrying a concealed pistol was a misdemeanor for the first offense.
You would be in less trouble if caught carrying a pistol than a knife that met the description of a dirk/dagger which was a felony.
Now I would never break the law
but if I had ever felt it necessary to carry a weapon I would have carried the nice blue steel S&W Jframe that I inherited from my mother.
I believe the laws have changed since then.