North Carolina is an open-carry state. But like all states, North Carolina gun carry laws regulate the sale, possession, and use of guns and other deadly weapons.
Learn more about North Carolina gun carry laws, the penalties that can be imposed for violating them, and how North Carolina criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe can help if you have been charged with violating a North Carolina gun law.
It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in North Carolina unless you:
North Carolina does recognize concealed carry permits from other jurisdictions.
If you do not have a concealed carry permit and are charged with violating North Carolina concealed carry laws, you face criminal charges that range from an infraction to a Class 2 misdemeanor.
There are certain places in North Carolina where it is illegal to carry a weapon regardless of whether or not you have a concealed weapons permit or are visibly carrying a firearm. It is illegal to carry firearms and other deadly weapons:
There are exceptions for military personnel, law enforcement officers, and security guards.
The following categories of people are prohibited from carrying a firearm in North Carolina:
North Carolina considers a defendant’s prior criminal record when sentencing people convicted of violating North Carolina gun carry laws, so penalties will vary according to the specific factors of a person’s case and their criminal history.
However, many North Carolina gun carry violations are felonies, punishable by between 2 months and 44 months in prison.
It is a misdemeanor to carry a concealed weapon without a permit or to carry a weapon on certain state property. A violation carries penalties that include up to 60 days in jail.
If you have been charged with violating North Carolina gun carry laws, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
Salisbury, North Carolina criminal defense attorney Ryan Stowe understands and can explain North Carolina gun carry laws. If you have been charged with violating a North Carolina gun carry law, he will thoroughly investigate the charges against you and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. He will challenge the evidence the prosecutor intends to introduce to try to convict you, and he will fight hard to have evidence excluded and the charges against you dismissed.
The Stowe Law Firm, PLLC proudly represents people in Rowan County, Mecklenburg County, Davidson County, Cabarrus County, and Stanly County.
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