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Can I openly carry a gun into a business where a sign says ‘no concealed firearms allowed’?

John Peaspanen


Q. When there is a sign saying no concealed firearms on a business door, does that automatically mean no weapons allowed or would it be legal to open carry? I live in North Carolina, and I’ve not found anyone that can answer this.

A.  No means no, but it’s the wording of the signage that really counts.

According to Capt. Kenneth Sarvis of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, “If the sign reads ‘no concealed weapons,’ that would not apply to open carry. But if the business owner asked someone that was carrying open carry to leave, they would need to leave at the owner’s request.”

Sarvis added, “If the owner does not want weapons at all, the sign should read ‘no weapons allowed on these premises.’”


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