Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In North Carolina

Women And Handgun Shooting North Carolina NC

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in North Carolina, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in North Carolina, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In North Carolina?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in North Carolina who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in North Carolina. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In North Carolina

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in North Carolina and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in North Carolina, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in North Carolina that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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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.

US Precision Defense has an on-line store, a members only section, a section dedicated to women, a national reciprocity map, and a database of firearm instructors, gun smiths, and shooting ranges. 

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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