Q. I am in my 70s and in a wheelchair. Can I carry a gun in my wheelchair partially seen without a conceal carry permit in North Carolina?
A. “If you are concealing the weapon in any way then you can be charged with carrying a concealed weapon,” said Sgt. J.J. Brewer, public information officer for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
“You must carry the weapon in plain sight. That being said, you can cause concern while in public carrying a weapon. It is best policy to get your carrying concealed weapon permit so that you are ensured that you are following the law,” Brewer said.
Added Linda Rawley, public information officer for the Wilmington Police Department: “Yes, citizens can generally carry a firearm as long as it is completely exposed.”
“However, there are certain places where firearms are completely forbidden, concealed or openly exposed,” Rawley said.
Examples are schools, places where alcohol is served, federal property or any other place that prohibits firearms concealed or otherwise by posted signage.
This year the General Assembly passed a law that allows people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into bars, but the bars and restaurants are allowed to post signs to prohibit concealed weapons.
The “partially seen” phrase used by the reader may also be a legal “gray area,” Rawley said.
“The questioner should always ensure that the weapon is completely exposed, especially if approached by a law enforcement officer,” she said.
Concealed handguns are covered in N.C. General Statutes 14-415.10 through 14-415.26. Rawley also suggests viewing the website www.opencarry.org.
Date posted: September 26, 2013
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