North Carolina, like a lot of the southern states, has very permissive gun laws. There aren’t any restrictions on ammunition, magazine capacity and only limited restrictions for open carry. Except for military personnel stationed in North Carolina, the state only issues carry permits for residents. North Carolina allows the purchase and ownership of assault weapons. When purchasing guns from a private person or a dealer, you must have either a pistol purchase permit or a North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit. You can get either from your local sheriff’s office. When you apply, they will perform a full background check on you. North Carolina does not allow anyone with a felony or any illegal aliens to purchase firearms in the state. Currently, North Carolina has 604,737 active concealed carry licenses.
North Carolina’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, parade (with permit), funeral (with permit), school campus (with permit) - must remain locked in vehicle, cannot be carried on school grounds., all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
The thirty-eight states that honor a North Carolina gun permit are
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. North Carolina is very generous with reciprocity and honors all other states that issue gun permits such as, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The twelve states that will not honor a North Carolina gun permit are
California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
North Carolina is a “May Issue” state, and the local county sheriff’s office issues permits to residents who qualify. North Carolina is very liberal with their carry policies, and you can take your firearm with you to all state parks and national forests. You can have it in your vehicle with you and at rest areas. With a permit, you can take it to parades, funerals and even on school campus (although it must remain locked in your vehicle). You may not carry weapons into law enforcement agencies, detention centers, state offices, school grounds or buildings, demonstrations, private property, government buildings or any place that serves alcohol. North Carolina allows open carry, but you must notify an officer if you are carrying both concealed or open. You must obey “no weapons” signs, but you can carry into restaurants, even if they serve alcohol.
You must be at least twenty-one years old when applying for a North Carolina gun permit. You also have to take a firearms training course. You must live in the county where you apply and have been a resident of North Carolina for at least 30 days. You must also be a legal U.S. citizen and have no mental illness. You cannot have any felonies or misdemeanors or any driving infractions on your record. You must be physically able to manage using a gun, and you must comply with all federal regulations.
North Carolina is a partial “point of contact” state and therefore when a buyer wants to purchase a long gun from a dealer, they must contact the FBI and use NCIS for a background check. If the buyer wants to buy a handgun, the dealer must first verify that they have a permit to purchase. Residents can get them from their local sheriff’s offices. When applying for one, the local police will do a full background check on them.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Handgun purchase permit||$5.00||$5.00|
|Concealed handgun permit||$80.00 (varies by county)||$75.00||Duplicate: $15||$125.00||An additional fee of $10 may be charged for processing your fingerprints. Fees vary between counties.|
|State parks||Law enforcement office or facility|
|State and national forests||Detention or correctional facility|
|Road side rest areas||A building or part of building housing in which there are state offices|
|Vehicle||Any public or private school building or bus, campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic fields or other property used or owned by an educational institution|
|Parade (with permit)||Schools, public or private, all levels including universities. Gun can remain locked in vehicle, if you have a permit|
|Funeral (with permit)||A curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school|
|School campus (with permit) - must remain locked in vehicle||Any places of assemblies such as a picket line, demonstration, parade or funeral procession. Carry at a parade or funeral is now allowed if you have a permit|
|Cannot be carried on school grounds.||On any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or on the grounds of any of these buildings|
|Any place alcohol beverages are consumed or sold|
|Any person consuming alcohol or under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol.|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||N/A|
|Address:||Office of Attorney General|
9001 Mail Service Center
|City:||Raleigh, NC 27699|
109 South Maple Street Graham, NC 27253
91 Commercial Park Avenue Taylorsville, NC 28681
40 Alleghany St., Suite 100, P. O. Box 53 Sparta, NC 28675
119 North Washington Street Wadesboro, NC 28170
140 Government Circle Jefferson, NC 28640
300 Shultz Cir, P. O. Box 426 Newland, NC 28657
210 North Market Street Washington, NC 27889
222 County Farm Rd., P. O. Box 157 Windsor, NC 27983