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Overview for North Carolina

North Carolina allows open carry in vehicles as long as the firearm is fully visible. There are local regulations on open carry in some counties. The state has complete preemption when it comes to concealed carry, not allowing any local government to create their own concealed carry regulations. North Carolina allows felons to own firearms if they were pardoned, the permit can not violate the terms of the pardon.

It is illegal to hunt on Sundays with a firearm. However, this law is being tested and may be repealed soon. It is illegal to own Teflon-coated covered bullets.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No Yes
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for North Carolina.

North Carolina Concealed Carry Reciprocity

North Carolina Magazine Capacity


North Carolina Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in North Carolina?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in North Carolina:

Air rifle air pistol BB gun

Does North Carolina have an inheritance gun law?

North Carolina does not have an inheritance gun law.

North Carolina FAQ

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