So, what are the NC gun laws?

While many people maintain strong opinions on the issue of gun control, few are aware of the actual gun laws and regulations present within their own states. For North Carolina, the following state-wide gun regulations are present:

  • No permit necessary to acquire a shotgun or a rifle
  • application for a handgun permit filed at the local sheriff’s office, requires a background check, fingerprinting, and passing of a “good moral character” test
  • Moral character tests are carried out by the sheriff, who determines if the requirements are met, and if the purpose is sound (to protect one’s business/family/hunting/target practice)
  • Permits not issued to drug addicts, former convicts, mentally incompetent individuals, or those under a restraining order
  • concealed carry is unlawful unless on one’s own property or by concealed gun permit (administered by the sheriff)
  • to obtain a concealed carry permit you must be: a resident of the state for at least 30 days, 21 or older, have successful completion of an approved firearms and safety training course, completion of a shooting test, mental competence, a background check, and a physical

One of the most important ways that we can contribute to creating a safer gun environment in the United States is by knowing the laws for gun control in our respective state. Check out this link for more information on those specific to North Carolina.


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