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New Concealed Carry Laws and their Implications

The recent modification to the North Carolina concealed carry laws has caused significant confusion among many citizens. Primarily, these new regulations will be effective as of July 1st, 2023. Until this date, all pre-existing laws and rules remain enforceable.

Understanding the Current Regulations

Up until now, to purchase a firearm in North Carolina without a concealed carry permit, a person was required to obtain a pistol permit purchase certificate from the Sheriff's Office, conduct a background check, and pay a $5 fee. Each certificate was valid for one year and one firearm only. However, this did not permit carrying the firearm in a concealed manner, which is an arrestable offense.

The Issue with the Previous Law

Why the Old Law was Overturned

The prior legislation was met with criticism due to the perceived excessive empowerment given to Sheriffs, which led to potential misuse of power. Some argued that the bias of the sheriff could affect the issuance of a purchase permit, leading to potential discrimination and favoritism.

The New Concealed Carry Law

The newly implemented law allows any person over 21 years of age, with a valid identification and a clean background check, to purchase a handgun without involving the Sheriff's Office.

Additional Provisions and Changes

Safety Measures and Education Provisions

The new law also includes provisions for state-funded education aimed at improving the safety of children around handguns. Additionally, individuals might have the opportunity to collect a handgun lock from the Sheriff's Office free of charge.

Changes in Places of Worship

Another significant amendment concerns the safety of those attending places of worship. Now, individuals with a concealed carry permit can bring their firearms to a place of worship, provided that any affiliated educational or daycare facility is not in operation.

State of Open Carry and Constitutional Carry

Open Carry and Concealed Carry Laws