NORTH CAROLINA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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North Carolina CCW Permit

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • Be a resident of North Carolina for 30 days preceding the filing of the application.
  • Be a resident of the County application is filed in.
  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • Does not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun.
  • Has not been convicted of an impaired driving offense within three years prior to the date on which the application is submitted.
  • Has not had judgment continued for or free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal, or sentencing for a disqualifying criminal offense.
  • Is not currently or has not been adjudicated or administratively determined to be lacking mental capacity or mentally ill.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab. Some counties offer an online application.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • The original certificate of completion from a firearms course
    • Valid photographic identification and proof of residence (NC Driver’s License or ID card).
    • Military personnel must bring forms 1380E (active duty) or DD-214 (discharged).
    • Naturalized citizens must bring your Naturalization Certificate or a valid U.S. Passport
    • U.S. citizens born outside of the U.S.A. to U.S. parent(s) must bring your documentation from the Department of State (Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship, or Certification of Report of Birth)
    • Lawful permanent resident aliens must bring a valid US Permanent Resident Card.
  4. Take the application to your local Sheriffs office and complete under oath.
  5. The Sheriff will take two sets of fingerprints.
  6. Sign a release authorizing disclosure to the Sheriff of any records relating to your mental health.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Handgun Permit application form

RENEWALS

  • Permits must be renewed at least 30 days before the expiry date.
  • A new permit application must be filed if the permit has expired.

Renewal Form
New permit application forms are used. Select the renewal check box on the form.

LICENSE FEE’S

New Permits
$80

Renewal
$75

Duplicate
$15

Accepted forms of payment
Certified check, Cashiers check, Money order – payable to SLED

NOTE
An additional fee of $10 may be charged for processing your fingerprints.

QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


North Carolina gun laws are considered permissive with a “Shall Issue” policy. Permits are only issued to residents who must be 21 or older and have completed a firearms training course. Exceptions are made for military personnel who are posted in the state. Applications are processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office and take about 90 days to approve or deny.

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Districts & Territories
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WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Law enforcement office or facility
  • Detention or correctional facility
  • Financial institution
  • A building housing only state, federal or government offices
  • Any public or private school building or bus, campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic fields or other property used or owned by an educational institution.
  • Schools, public or private, all levels including universities
  • A curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school
  • Any parade, funeral procession, picket line, or demonstration
  • Any assembly where a fee had been charged for admission or where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed
  • On any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited
  • State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or on the grounds of any of these buildings
  • Any building housing any court of the General Court of Justice
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on North Carolina Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Sheriff of the county the applicant resides in.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
“YES” – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
North Carolina gun laws state that you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are required to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
YES
North Carolina gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
A person without a permit can carry a handgun if it is not concealed and they have no felony convictions. A handgun is concealed in a vehicle if it cannot be readily seen by a person approaching and if it is readily accessible. A handgun under the front seat or in an unlocked glove box or console is illegal. A handgun openly displayed or in a locked glove box, locked console, or in the trunk is lawful.
If you have a permit from North Carolina you may carry a loaded concealed handgun within a vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carry is legal in North Carolina. You may not carry in places listed as no carry areas. Local governments can place restrictions on open carry.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch


Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 700 E. Fourth Street

CityCharlotte, NC 28202

Phone (704) 336-3665

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