North Carolina law does not specifically keep anybody from walking around with a handgun in a holster on his or her hip.
However, state gun laws do prohibit firearms of any kind in certain establishments such as schools, courthouses and establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.
Concealed handguns are specifically addressed under N.C. General Statutes Chapter 14‑415.10 through 14‑415.26.
Q: Can I carry a gun in NC without having a Concealed Handgun permit?
A: This is dependent on many factors. On private property where you have permission of the owner – Yes. In rural areas where open carry is permitted – Yes. In cities and towns where a Display Ban is in effect – No.
The website OpenCarry.org also discusses the regulations of firearms being openly carried in North Carolina.
A summary from the North Carolina page at OpenCarry.org says, “North Carolina is a traditional open carry state. You MAY open carry in a motor vehicle. However, localities may regulate the carrying of firearms under certain circumstances.”
Here’s a link to the N.C. General Statutes chapter concerning firearms: N.C. G.S. 14.
Date posted: January 17, 2011
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