North Carolina Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for North Carolina Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact North Carolina gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to North Carolina can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

North Carolina State Constitution

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty. they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole."

"The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of altering or abolishing their Constitution and form of government whenever it may be necessary to their safety and happiness; but every such right shall be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States."

"The people have a right to assemble together to consult for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of grievances; but secret political societies are dangerous to the liberties of a free people and shall not be tolerated."

North Carolina Gun Laws

North Carolina Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
North Carolina Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source: HandgunLaw.us)
North Carolina Concealed Carry Permits (Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety)
North Carolina Concealed Handguns Reciprocity (Source: North Carolina Attorney General)

North Carolina Hunting Rules & Regulations

Hunting in North Carolina (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)
North Carolina Licenses and Regulations (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)
North Carolina Online License/Permit Sales Portal (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)
North Carolina Hunter Education (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)

North Carolina Shooting Ranges

Public Shooting Ranges in North Carolina (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's WhereToShoot.org)
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NRA.org)
All Shooting Ranges (Source: RangeListings.com)

North Carolina Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source: IDPA.com)
IDPA Matches (Source: IDPA.com)
USPSA Clubs (Source: USPSA.org)
USPSA Matches (Source: USPSA.org)
USA Shooting Clubs (Source: USAShooting.org)
USA Shooting Matches (Source: USAShooting.org)
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source: 4-HShootingSports.org)

North Carolina NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

North Carolina State Firearm & Hunting Associations

North Carolina Gun Shows and FFLs

North Carolina Gun & Knife Shows (Source: GunShows-USA.com)
North Carolina Gun Shows (Source: GunShowTrader.com)
North Carolina FFL Holders (Source: FFLGunDealers.net)
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source: FBI.gov)
North Carolina Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source: FixNICS.org)

North Carolina's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

North Carolina Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Gubernatorial (Source: VoteSmart.org)
State Legislature (Source: VoteSmart.org)
Statewide Officials (Source: VoteSmart.org)
NRA's Ranking of North Carolina Public Officials (Source: NRA-PVF.org)

North Carolina Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Gun and Ammo Laws by State

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