Police were called after a man from Arnold tried to take an extended baton into a Nottingham nightclub.
Security guards at NG1 in Lower Parliament Street rang police after discovering the weapon at around 3am on Sunday (15), as they searched revellers queuing to get inside.
Officers arrived and seized the baton.
Michael Terry, of Calverton Road was arrested at the scene and has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
The 42-year-old was granted bail and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court at a later date.
PC Phil Round, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We will not tolerate people carrying weapons of any sort. There is simply no excuse and we will always look to take action against those who are found to commit such offences.
“I hope our swift response to this incident and subsequent charge reassures members of the public how seriously we take this type of incident.”