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North Carolina allows the use of firearms within the state territory.
But just like other jurisdictions of the USA, the state has statutes to regulate and restrict how to use firearms.
To open carry in North Carolina, you must understand the gun laws of the state that relates to the practice.
North Carolina issues concealed firearm permits for the possession of handguns and pistols in the state.
The local sheriff in a county is in charge of the permit application, and the state is a shall-issue state.
You also need a purchase permit to buy firearms in North Dakota. This permit certifies that you underwent the statutory criminal record background check.
North Carolina permits are only for residents of the state and members of the military posted there.
You must be at least twenty-one years old to apply for a North Carolina concealed carry permit.
Yes. You can open carry in North Carolina if you are eighteen years old or more, and you are not a felon or have any federal or state restriction to possess firearms.
North Carolina is a permissive open carry state in the USA. Therefore, you do not need a permit to open carry in the state.
There are also restrictions for places where the state prohibits open carry and the general possession of firearms.
North Carolina bans machine guns and semi-automatic weapons in the state. Also, you cannot make use of Teflon coated ammunition.
The only exceptions to this are law enforcement officers and military members.
|State permit for open carry.||No||No||You do not need a permit to open carry firearms in North Carolina.|
|Firearm registrations for open carry.||No||No||There are no firearms registrations for open carry in North Carolina.|
|Assault weapon for open carry.||No||No||North Carolina prohibits the manufacturing and possession of machine guns, semi-automatic firearms, and any other firearm that is convertible to such.|
|Magazine limit||No||No||There are no firearm magazine limits in North Carolina, and the state does not ban the possession of large-capacity firearms.|
|License for the owner of a firearm.||Not required||Not required||North Carolina does not issue any permit for firearm owners in the state.|
|Red flag law||No||No||North Carolina does not have red flag laws or issue an extreme risk protection order.|
|Castle doctrine law||Yes||Yes||North Carolina is a castle doctrine state with stand your ground policy in places where you have legal rights to be.|
|Background check for private dealers||Yes||Yes||The criminal record background check is compulsory for all dealers in the state.|
|Preemption||Yes||Yes||In North Carolina, the state law supersedes local counties or municipalities. However, local governments can restrict or prohibit firearms in places such as parks, playgrounds, recreational areas, etc.|
|Concealed carry permit.||Yes||Yes||To conceal a firearm in North Carolina, you need a concealed firearm permit|
|Concealed carry in personal vehicle||Yes||Yes||You can conceal carry in a private vehicle as long as you keep the firearm out of sight, and you have your permit.|
|Open carry in Schools||No||No||North Carolina prohibits the open carry of firearms in schools, colleges, universities, other educational institutions, and their facilities.|
You can open carry your firearms in the following areas of North Carolina.
Open carry of firearms in North Carolina is illegal in the following areas of the state:
North Carolina open carry most frequently asked questions include the following:
No. You do not need a firearm permit to open carry in the state.
Yes. To conceal carry in North Carolina, you must obtain the state's concealed firearm permit.
You must be eighteen years old or more to open carry in North Carolina.
The age for concealed carry of firearms in North Carolina is twenty-one years old.
You must be at least twenty-one years old to apply for the state’s firearm permit.
No. The state gun laws do not talk about extreme risk protection orders or any red flag petition.
No. The permit is only valid for residents of the state and members of the military posted for duties in the state.
However, non-residents can make use of firearm permits from other states since North Carolina reciprocates other states in the USA.
No. North Carolina is not a constitutional carry state.
No. You can open carry knives and every other type of weapon in North Carolina, as long as your intention is not to commit a crime with it or cause apprehension.
However, you cannot open carry knives in school premises, courthouses, or any federally or state-owned building.
Other places where North Carolina prohibits the use of firearms include parades, burials, hospitals, or any healthcare home.
No. The state prohibits concealed carry of knives and other dangerous weapons such as daggers, razors, dirks, etc., except you are in your home of residence.
Yes. It is a prohibition to buy, sell, possess or manufacture machine guns or any firearm convertible to machine guns in the state.
You need to obtain a purchase permit before you buy handguns or pistols in the state.
Yes. It is a prohibition to sell a firearm to anyone who is yet to obtain a purchase permit that signifies that the person completed a criminal record background check.
Note that your concealed firearm permit does not exempt you from completing a criminal record background check in the state.
The permit is valid for five years, after which you have to apply for a renewal permit.
The processing period for the permit is forty-five days.
Yes. You must notify a law enforcement officer that you are in possession of a firearm if you come across one.
Yes, you do not have a duty to retreat in any place where you have legal rights to be, such as in your home, in your car, place of work
Yes, you can make use of deadly or excessive force if you think that an attack can lead to a severe bodily injury or an imminent death, as long as you are in a place where you can exert your self-defense right.
The state will provide you immunity against civil liability for a deadly force used during self-defense.
Yes, you must complete one of North Carolina firearm safety training with at least eight hours of duration.
A state-certified instructor must be in charge of the training.
No, there are no state law requirements for the registration of firearms in North Carolina.
You must be at least eighteen years old to qualify for firearms purchase in North Carolina.
Some of North Carolina gun statutes that concern open carry in the state include the following:
North Carolina prohibits the use, production, purchase, and sales of Teflon-coated ammunition in the state.
The state also enforces the no weapon sign.
Even with a permit, no one should open carry or possess a firearm on any private building or property that prohibits the possession of firearms, with signage displaying the information.
In North Carolina, violation of this law is a class two misdemeanor.
North Carolina preempts all local laws in the state. With the state government having all authority to regulate firearms.
However, counties and municipalities can restrict firearms in public places like fairgrounds and public pools.
It is a crime in North Carolina to point your firearm at another person, either jokingly or seriously. Also, it does not matter if the firearm is loaded or not.
Anybody who makes use of a firearm in violent conduct or during a fight is guilty of improper conduct.
The exception for this is during the lawful use of a firearm or while carrying out self-defense rights.
You cannot open carry while drinking alcohol, or while still under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance.
This law does not include controlled substances lawfully obtained or used for medical or therapeutic reasons.
You can open carry during hunting activities in North Carolina, and this includes state government land or any other privately owned lands as long as you have the license to hunt there.
You can also open carry during bow hunting, but to conceal carry, you must own a state concealed firearm permit.
However, it is unlawful to use a firearm for game-taking during bow hunting or any other hunting session that does not permit the use of firearms.
North Carolina also has hunter harassment laws in the state, and this includes the following: