North Carolina Gun Laws
Open Carry: Unrestricted in most public areas Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Required by law to notify the officer upon official contact or when ID requested State Parks: Concealed handgun carry be recognized permittees is lawful Restaurants Serving Alcohol: Those with permits may carry in establishments that serve alcohol. Firearms at Colleges: Concealed guns allowed only in locked cars in parking lots Firearms at K-12 Schools: NC permit holder may have loaded handgun in vehicle only. Private schools may still prohibit all firearm possession. Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Loaded firearms may be secured in holsters or slings and carried openly in the vehicle's passenger compartment. Firearm Law Uniformity: Mostly uniform but some local carry restrictions exist. Permit Training Requirements: The class consists of a classroom portion and a live range fire portion. Permit Issuing Authority: County sheriff May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 5 Years Permit Application Process: Apply at the sheriff office. Complete an application, pay the fee, submit fingerprints and provide proof of training. Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents may not apply Places Off Limits: Schools, public or private, all levels including universities. A curricular or extracurricular activity
sponsored by a school. This also applies to all property owned by any school.
State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or on the
grounds of any of these buildings, and any building housing any court of the General Court of Justice.
State office buildings or any portion of a building in which there’re State offices.
Law Enforcement or Correctional Facilities.
Events Occurring in Public: It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with, or
present as a spectator at any picket line, or demonstration upon any private health care facility or
upon any public place owned or under the control of the State or any of its political subdivisions to
willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any dangerous weapon.
On any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a
conspicuous notice or statement by the person in legal possession or control of the premises
The provisions of this section shall not apply to a person who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid
under Article 54B of this Chapter, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to that Article, who
has a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle or in a locked
container securely affixed to the person's vehicle. A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the
vehicle provided the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle is locked
immediately following the entrance or exit.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Commissioner of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit
the carrying of firearms in any manner on the State Fairgrounds during the period of time each year that the
State Fair is conducted.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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