Guns are a hot topic right now. With numerous school shootings, police shootings, and even terrorist acts threatening gun policies, it's more important then ever to know and understand gun laws and your rights regarding guns in North Carolina.
Protecting the Second Amendment and the "right of the people to keep and bear Arms" is at the heart of this issue. And under section 30 of our state constitution, North Carolina also protects North Carolinian's right to bear arms.
Currently, the only place you can legally carry a concealed firearm without a permit is your own private property or place of business. Otherwise, you must have your permit on you. If you want to apply for a concealed carry permit, you must fit the following qualifications:
Just because you have that right doesn't mean you always have that right. Depending on your personal background, whether you have a permit, or where you are, you may not be allowed to carry a gun.
For instance, under open carry laws, you don't need to have a permit in order to openly carry a gun. But your gun still has to meet a certain minimum size (long guns must have at least a 16" barrel and be twenty-eight inches or more in length). A concealed handgun, on the other hand, requires a permit - unless you are at your own residence - because small, concealable guns are more likely to be associated with criminal activity or behavior.
So let's look at who can't carry guns, when you can't carry guns, and the penalties associated with a gun violation.
So if you meet all the criteria to carry a gun, then you need to be aware of certain circumstances and situations where it is illegal to carry a gun.
The laws in North Carolina are clear when it comes to guns, and certain individuals are banned from carrying a weapon - open or concealed. You are prohibited from carrying a gun if you are:
Unless you are a former or current member of law enforcement, you will not be allowed to carry a gun in the following places:
It is important to read and review North Carolina's gun restrictions and regulations. Breaking them could forfeit your right to carry a gun.
Did you notice earlier that convicted felons cannot carry a gun? Many gun laws violations are considered felonies. Let's look at common situations and penalties for violating state gun laws: