New Firearms Laws in North Carolina

Written by Thom Goolsby


With Gun-Friendly legislators in charge of the North Carolina House and Senate, various amendments to the State’s firearms laws have occurred over the last couple of years. Below is a list of the more interesting ones.

The legal changes have done the following:

  • Authorizes a concealed carry permit holder to have a handgun in a locked vehicle on educational property.
  • Authorizes hunting with a silencer.
  • Authorizes certain employees who reside on the campus of a college, university, or boarding school to have a handgun on the premises of their residence.
  • Authorizes a concealed carry permit holder to have a handgun at assemblies where admission is charged, establishments that serve alcohol, and at parades and funeral processions, unless a notice is posted prohibiting it.
  • Modifies the law regarding permitting children under 12 years of age to use a firearm.
  • Conforms the definition of “qualified retired law enforcement officer” with federal law.
  • Creates the status offense of armed habitual felon.
  • Clarifies that a concealed carry permit holder may have a handgun in a locked vehicle in a parking lot owned or leased by State government.
  • Redefines the “recreational facilities” where local governments can regulate the possession of concealed handguns.
  • Increases the sentencing enhancement for using, displaying, or threatening to use or display a firearm.
  • Clarifies the law regarding which mental health determinations must be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and requires transmission of those determinations within set time frames.
  • Provides that records of concealed carry permit holders, pistol permit holders, and firearm dealer records are not public record.
  • Increases the penalty for violating the conditions of a concealed carry permit by carrying on posted property or carrying while consuming alcohol or having alcohol in the person’s system.
  • Makes modifications to the pistol permit process and requires revocation of pistol permits and concealed carry permits of persons who have had a disqualifying event.
  • Exempts district court and superior court judges, magistrates, clerks of court, and registers of deeds with concealed carry permits from the general prohibitions against carrying concealed on certain premises or in certain circumstances.

This list is by no means exhaustive.

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