Going somewhere and planning to carry a concealed handgun? Here’s a quick refresher on how to legally conceal carry a handgun in North Carolina:
Have your Concealed Carry Handgun Permit and a valid ID with you at all times. (Your Permit and ID must both possess identical addresses and be your current living address)
What to do if approached by a law enforcement officer
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DISPLAY THE HANDGUN
- If in a vehicle, roll the window half-way down. At night, turn on the interior light. Place both hands on the steering wheel. Once the officer approaches the vehicle, notify the officer that you have a permit, that you are armed, and where the handgun is located.
- If not in a vehicle, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DISPLAY THE HANDGUN. KEEP BOTH HANDS VISIBLE. As early as feasible notify the officer that you have a concealed carry permit and are carrying a handgun.
- ONLY ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE PERMIT OR THE HANDGUN ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE OFFICER.
NOTE: You should not attempt to display either your firearm or your permit unless directed by an officer.
Concealed handguns may not be carried:
- In law enforcement or correctional facilities (jails, prisons)
- In any space occupied by state or federal employees, including state and federal courthouses
- In schools or on school grounds*
- In areas of assemblies, parades, funerals or demonstrations**
- In any place where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed (such as some restaurants) if the premises are posted as prohibited
- In any area where concealed handguns are prohibited by federal law
- In any place of business that has posted a sign banning concealed weapons on its premises
- By any person while consuming alcohol or while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substances (unless obtained legally and taken as directed by a physician)
*Effective October 1, 2013, unless prohibited by a private school, a concealed handgun permittee may store a handgun in the person’s locked vehicle or in a locked container securely fixed to the person’s vehicle while on campus. It may NOT be carried on the person.
A person with a concealed carry handgun permit MAY possess a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle or a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle. The person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle, provided the handgun remains in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit. The permittee may also possess the handgun on their person, as long as the permittee remains in the locked vehicle and only unlocks it to allow the entrance or exit of another person.
**Effective October 1, 2013, unless posted as being prohibited, a concealed handgun permittee may possess a concealed handgun while at a parade or funeral.