Issuing Authority: Sheriff of the permittee’s county of residence
...since 2003, in states which allow concealed carry,
violent crime rates have been lower
than anytime since the mid-1970s.
Out Of State Permit Issue: North Carolina does not issue permits
to non-permanent residents.
In order to obtain a permit
you must establish permanent residency in North Carolina.
Statistics from the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Report of 2007
show that states with right-to-carry laws have a 30% lower homicide rate,
46% lower robbery, and 12% lower aggravated assault rate
and a 22% lower overall violent crime rate
than do states without such laws.
NICS check: Yes, a background check
is done through the local Sheriff’s office.
More after the jump
Permit Valid For: 5 years from the date of issuance
Requirements: The sheriff shall issue a permit within 90 days
after receipt of a complete application to an applicant who:
• is a citizen of the U.S. and has been a resident of the State
for at least 30 days immediately prior to filing the application;
• is at least 21;
• does not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity
that prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
• has successfully completed an approved firearms safety and training course
which involves the actual firing of handguns and instruction
in the law governing the carrying of a concealed handgun
and the use of deadly force;
• is not ineligible under federal or state law
to possess, receive, or own a firearm;
• is not currently or has not been adjudicated or administratively determined
to be lacking mental capacity or mentally ill;
• has not been discharged from the armed forces
under conditions other than honorable;
• is or has not been adjudicated guilty or judgment continued
or suspended sentence for a violent misdemeanor;
• has not had judgment continued for or free on bond
or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal, or sentencing
for a disqualifying criminal offense;
• has not been convicted of an impaired driving offense
within three years prior to the date on which the application is submitted.
If those states which did not have right-to-carry
concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992,
approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes;
and over 60,000 aggravate assaults would have been avoided yearly.
Application completed under oath on a form provided by the sheriff
Full set of fingerprints administered by the sheriff
An original certificate of completion of an approved safety course
A release that authorized and requires disclosure to the sheriff
of any records concerning the mental health of capacity of the appliant
...Informing Law Enforcement of Carry: The permit holder must carry the permit,
together with valid identification, whenever carrying a concealed handgun,
and is required to disclose to any law enforcement officer
who addresses or approaches the permit holder
that he or she is a permit holder and is carrying a concealed handgun.
Automobile carry: You MAY open carry in a motor vehicle.
However, localities may regulate the carrying of firearms
under certain circumstances.
...since adopting a concealed carry law
Florida’s total violent crime rate has dropped 32%
and its homicide rate has dropped 58%.
[Most], except for criminals, are safer due to this law.
Places off-limits when carrying:
• Any location prohibited by federal law.
• A law enforcement of correctional facility.
• A building housing only state, federal or government offices.
• A financial institution.
• Any public or private school building or bus, campus, grounds,
recreation area, athletic fields or other property
used or owned by an edicational institution.
• Any assembly where a fee had been charged for admission
or where alcoholic beverages are sold and comsumed.
• Any other premises where notice
that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited
by the posting of a conspicuous notice or statement by the person
in legal possession or control of the premises.
• It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with,
or present as a spectator at any parade, funeral procession,
picket line, or demonstration upon any public place
owned or under the control of the state or any of its political subdivisions
to willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any firearm.
...Texas’ violent crime rate has dropped 20%
and homicide rate has dropped 31%,
since enactment of its 1996 carry law.
Alcohol and Drugs:
It is unlawful to carry a concealed handgun while consuming alcohol
or at any time while the person has remaining in his body any alcohol
or in his blood a controlled substance previously consumed. (
There is an exception if the controlled substance
was lawfully obtained and taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts.)
Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
North Carolina is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.
In right-to-carry states,
the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the U.S.,
the murder rate is 28% lower,
and the robbery rate is 50% lower.
North Carolina General Statutes §14-51.1
§ 14‑51.1. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder.
(a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence
is justified in using any degree of force
that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force,
against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence
or to terminate the intruder’s unlawful entry
(i) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder
may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others
in the home or residence,
or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder
intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.
(b) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence
does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder
in the circumstances described in this section.
Unrestricted under state law
except for certain events such as public parades."
"In 1976, the Washington, D.C. City Council
passed a law generally prohibiting residents from possessing handguns
and requiring that all firearms in private homes be
(1) kept unloaded and (2) rendered temporally inoperable
via disassembly or installation of a trigger lock.
The law became operative on Sept. 24, 1976.
* On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling,
struck down this law as unconstitutional.
During the years in which the D.C. handgun ban
and trigger lock law was in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate
averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law,
while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower."