North Carolina requires that owners of automatic weapons have a permit. These permits are given on by the county sheriff at their discretion. All other NFA weapons are legal as long as the owners follow federal regulations.
NFA weapons refer to a federal list of firearms that the government requires owners register. Not all states follow this law, and others have partial restrictions, full banns, or the need to register firearms in the NFA data base. Examples of firearms or other weaponry considered a NFA regulated weapon includes, but is not limited to: Machine guns, firearm suppressors, short barreled riffles and shot guns, and anti-tank guns (.50 caliber and up).