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Can you carry a visible gun in North Carolina that’s registered to someone else?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. I do not have a conceal carry permit, but can I carry my holstered pistol in a holster on my motorcycle if it’s visible? I’m a N.C. resident and the pistol is registered but in my wife’s name. Does that matter? I have no felony record.

A. “Yes, you can carry in a holster exposed,” said Lt. Jerry Brewer, of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Not all handguns are registered, Brewer said, “for example a family-owned gun that has been passed down from generations.”

“The best situation to have is to get your carry concealed handgun permit. It covers all the bases,” Brewer said.

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One Response to “ Can you carry a visible gun in North Carolina that’s registered to someone else?”

  1. On May 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm Paul Valone wrote:

    You should find better sources of information. Handguns are not required to be registered in North Carolina. Ever. When you buy a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, you complete a Form 4473, but that stays with the dealer. The BATFE is prohibited by law from creating registration lists. Similarly, the North Carolina permit purchase permit is a slip of paper issued by the sheriff and turned in to the dealer, but contains no information identifying what firearm was purchased or, in fact, whether it was used at all.



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