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What are the Gun Laws in North Carolina? Page 2

Carry Laws



It is unlawful to carry concealed about one’s person a firearm except on one’s own premises, or if the person has a concealed handgun permit. The sheriff shall issue a permit within 90 days after receipt of a complete application to an applicant who:
  • Is at least 21 and a citizen of the U.S. and has been a resident of the State for at least 30 days immediately prior to filing the application.

  • Does not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun.

  • Has successfully completed an approved firearms safety and training course which involves the actual firing of handguns and instruction in the law governing the carrying of a concealed handgun and the use of deadly force.

  • Is not currently or has not been adjudicated or administratively determined to be lacking mental capacity or mentally ill.

  • Is or has not been adjudicated guilty or judgment continued or suspended sentence for a violent misdemeanor.

  • Has not had judgment continued for or free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal, or sentencing for a disqualifying criminal offense.

  • Has not been convicted of an impaired driving offense within three years prior to the date on which the application is submitted.

  • Is not ineligible under federal or state law to possess, receive, or own a firearm.

A person shall apply to the sheriff of the county in which the person resides to obtain a concealed handgun permit.

The applicant shall submit to the sheriff:

  • An application completed under oath, on a form provided by the sheriff.

  • An $80.00 non-refundable permit fee.

  • A full set of fingerprints administered by the sheriff.

  • An additional fee not to exceed $10.00 to pay for the costs of processing the applicant’s fingerprints.

  • An original certificate of completion of an approved safety course.

  • A release that authorizes and requires disclosure to the sheriff of any records concerning the mental health or capacity of the applicant.

The permit holder must carry the permit, together with valid identification, whenever carrying a concealed handgun, and is required to disclose to any law enforcement officer who addresses or approaches the permit holder that he or she is a permit holder and is carrying a concealed handgun.

The permit is valid throughout the state for five years from the date of issuance.

The permit holder shall apply to renew the permit at least 30 days prior to its expiration date by filing a renewal form, a notarized affidavit stating that the permit holder remains qualified, a full set of fingerprints and a $75.00 renewal fee.

The sheriff may require the permittee to take another firearms safety and training course prior to renewal. The permit holder shall notify the sheriff who issued the permit of any change in the permanent address within 30 days.

If a permit is lost or destroyed, the sheriff who issued the permit shall be notified. If the sheriff denies the application for a permit, the sheriff shall within 90 days notify the applicant in writing, stating the grounds for denial. An applicant may appeal the denial, revocation, or nonrenewal of a permit by petitioning a district court judge of the district in which the application was filed. The determination of the court shall be final.

The sheriff may issue a temporary permit for a period not to exceed 90 days to a person who the sheriff reasonably believes is in an emergency situation that may constitute a risk of safety to the person, the person’s family or property. The temporary permit may not be renewed and may be revoked by the sheriff without a hearing.

A permit does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun:

  • on public or private school property.

  • In any assembly where a fee has been charged for admission.

  • In any establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed.

  • In the State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, or the Western Residence of the Governor, or the grounds of any of these building.

  • In any building or portion of a building used for court purposes.

  • In a place prohibited by federal law.

  • In a law enforcement or correctional facility.

  • In a building housing only state, federal or government offices.

  • In any financial institution;.

  • In any 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.

  • In any parade, funeral procession, picket line, or demonstration upon any public place owned or under the control of the state or any of its political subdivisions. It is unlawful for any person to transport or possess off his own premises any “dangerous weapon” in any area under a declared state of emergency or in the immediate vicinity of a riot.

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