Concealed Carry State Laws In North Carolina

Concealed Carry State Laws North Carolina NC

You must know your State's Gun Laws!Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in North Carolina refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.

Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in North Carolina are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit.  (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit) 

Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In North Carolina

While in North Carolina there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.Every State's Concealed Carry Law is different

In all states and in North Carolina the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws. 

The North Carolina State Constitution has a provision that states:  “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military should be kept under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.”

2013, A measure adding more places to where people can carry or store concealed firearms in North Carolina and repealing a requirement to get a license to buy a handgun passed the North Carolina Senate. The Senate measure has accumulated more opponents as it has broadened the scope of a bill that already passed the House.

The bill also includes a number of tougher gun-related penalties and requires local clerks of court to report mental health findings to a national criminal background-check database. The enhanced reporting requirements earned the approval of the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association, but the organization opposes the Senate version as a whole because it ends a law that requires people to obtain a license from a local sheriff to buy a handgun. Attorney General Roy Cooper, who also opposes the repeal, says sheriffs currently check applicants for citizenship, convictions for violent crime and other issues.

Currently, in order to buy a handgun, whether from a licensed dealer or a private individual, North Carolinians are supposed to obtain a pistol purchase permit from their sheriff (or hold a concealed handgun permit). In order to get that permit, residents undergo a background check. Current law prohibits carrying firearms at parades and funeral processions. District attorneys are allowed to carry handguns into a courtroom but judges, clerks of court and magistrates are not.

North Carolina is a Common Law State. Appearing in a public place, armed with a firearm, may be an affray at common law depending on the circumstances. Meaning, that unless under the right circumstances you can or will be arrested.

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Getting a CCW in North Carolina, The “Shall Issue to Residents Only” classification means that the issuing official will issue a permit to a North Carolina resident if they meet all of the legal requirements. A Non-North Carolina resident will not be eligible for the North Carolina concealed carry permit.    

Do law-abiding North Carolina residents have a right to carry a gun openly in public? Generally, yes. In addition to state law, local governments also have some authority to limit open carry rights. However, local government authority is limited by the pre-emption statutes that, with some exceptions, make gun regulation a matter of state rather than local concern.

To obtain a CCW in North Carolina; Qualified applicants in North Carolina are individuals that are at least 21 years of age, and who have not been convicted of any felony or “violent misdemeanor,” have not been convicted of an impaired driving offense (DUI) within the past three years, and who have not been dishonorably discharged from the military, in addition to the usual list of federal gun disqualifiers, such as felony convictions or certain mental illnesses.

Are the Sheriff’s of North Carolina stuck in the past, you decide, the following is from the NRA and is food for thought: The permit to purchase system was enacted nearly 100 years ago, before the days of computers and criminal databases.  It is an obsolete system that has been replaced in efficiency and accuracy with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The permit system itself has a history of lacking statewide uniformity.  Some sheriffs have even gone so far as to limit the number of permits they will issue, which the state law does not allow.

The North Carolina legislature may have been unable to pass the firearms freedom act this year (2013), and  it has yet to introduce a Second Amendment preservation act, but that doesn’t mean steps to defend the right to keep and bear arms are not being taken in the Tar Heel State. Local governments are taking steps to defend the Second Amendment, creating pressure that will undoubtedly be felt in Raleigh next year. Hertford County was the most recent locality in North Carolina to pass a local resolution to preserve the Second Amendment.

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