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Can I carry a concealed firearm in North Carolina state parks?

Gareth McGrath

Thanks to Congress, it might now be legal to pack heat in the country’s national parks.

But you still have to leave your concealed weapons at home when you visit North Carolina’s state parks, state forests, boat ramps and recreational areas.

And concealed firearms are allowed on state game lands only when doing so coincides with a firearm hunting season and the concealed firearm is of a caliber allowed for hunting under game land rules.

In Southeastern North Carolina, the only national park property is Moores Creek National Battlefield in Pender County.

The new federal law allows the carrying of concealed, loaded weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges in states where people are legally allowed to carry concealed arms, which includes North Carolina.

The regulation replaces a Reagan-era rule that allowed registered gun owners to bring non-concealed, unloaded weapons into national parks.

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3 Responses to “ Can I carry a concealed firearm in North Carolina state parks?”

  1. On June 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm John Kennedy wrote:

    I wish this were true now, as I am leaving Monday, June 8th 2009 on an extended trip to the West and Northwest. This trip includes many National Parks. Unfortunately, this permission is not valid until 9 months after the President signed the bill…..which is sometime in February 2010. I hate to bring this up, but gun owners should know before entering a National Park. Thanks.

  2. On July 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm John G wrote:

    North Carolina has some of the most restrictive concealed carry laws on the books. In a time where crime is up and personal safety is of utmost impotance, NC politicians seek to prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.

    The police cannot be everywhere at all times and are often called far too late to prevent a life threatening act from happening.

    NC law makers must not treat its law abiding citizens like criminals.

    Police carry guns for self protection. Why should a properly trained, law abiding, concealed carry permit holder be treated any different.

    We ALL have the right to self protection!

  3. On February 22, 2013 at 9:02 am John M wrote:

    The answer regarding conceal carry in NC State park is incorrect. per: “Any person who has a concealed handgun permit may carry a concealed handgun on the grounds or waters of a park within the State Parks System as defined in G.S. 113‑44.9″
    Also: ” As provided in G.S. 14‑269.4(5), it shall be lawful for a person to carry any firearm openly, or to carry a concealed handgun with a concealed carry permit, at any State‑owned rest area, at any State‑owned rest stop along the highways, and at any State‑owned hunting and fishing reservation”

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