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
North Carolina remains an open carry state. This allows for carrying a firearm openly where legally permitted, but does come with its own set of restrictions.
Understanding “Constitutional Carry”
The term “constitutional carry”, now available in 26 states, refers to carrying concealed without a permit. While it can present legal and safety risks, taking a concealed carry permit course can mitigate these concerns by ensuring knowledge and legal compliance.
Implications for Selling or Gifting Firearms
Changes to NC Private Firearm Transactions
The new concealed carry laws NC also impacts private firearm transactions. As of July 1st, the requirement of a Sheriff's purchase permit or a concealed carry permit to legally transfer firearms between two North Carolina residents will be removed. Both parties must meet age and residency requirements and importantly, the recipient must be legally allowed to possess a firearm.
An Insight into Our Award-Winning Concealed Carry Class
The Value of our Concealed Carry Class
Our concealed carry class, lauded for its comprehensive content and winner of the BEST concealed carry class in Western North Carolina, will provide answers to questions around carrying firearms in different contexts, encounters with law enforcement, and business policies regarding firearms.
Instructor Expertise and Course Structure
All our instructors are current or former law enforcement, certified by both the North Carolina Police Academy and the NRA. Our classes provide an informal, yet interactive environment where questions are encouraged. First time attendees will also have the chance to fire our handgun at our range as part of their training.
Investing in Knowledge and Safety
When it comes to your safety, legal risks, and peace of mind, attending our highly recognized class can be an invaluable investment. Upon completion, you'll have a firm understanding of the law, enhancing your confidence, knowledge, and safety as a firearm owner.
North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity
Once you receive your North Carolina concealed carry permit, you'll enjoy reciprocity with 38 other states. We'll also teach you how to legally travel with your firearm to these states.
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