Public reaction to the Newtown killings has shown the true split personality of the U.S. population. On the one hand, public fear of the improper use of weapons has triggered backlash against gun enthusiasts, with a New York newspaper even publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in its vicinity. On the other hand, in December alone, there was a 39% rise in the number of applicants for gun permits.
While some states have reacted to Newtown by enacting gun grabbing legislation, others have decided to increase protections. Many states are making it easier to obtain guns and are expanding the list of places where carrying a concealed weapon is permitted. In North Carolina and a few other states, free gun courses are now being offered to teachers and school administrators, attracting hundreds of applicants despite current laws prohibiting guns on school campuses.
Although North Carolina remains firmly among the states that afford their citizens full protection under the Second Amendment, with no waiting periods and a Stand Your Ground law, there are restrictions and it is crucial that you know the laws surrounding gun ownership and your rights as a gun owner. Following is a brief description of some gun laws that you should pay particular attention to:
Carrying a concealed weapon. Although you have an absolute right to keep and bear arms, the Second Amendment specifically precludes the right to carry a concealed weapon. It is therefore imperative that you be cautious not to appear to be concealing a weapon without the proper permit, and if you have one, that you are aware of where your weapon may or may not be taken.
Locations where weapons are prohibited. Places in North Carolina where guns cannot be taken, even with a carry permit or license, include schools, law enforcement facilities, financial institutions, government buildings, parades, demonstrations, any establishment where alcohol is both sold and consumed, and any private premises which displays a “No Guns” sign.
Taking your weapon out of state. Although North Carolina honors all other state permits and licenses, our state’s weapons permits are not valid everywhere else. Before you travel to another state with your gun, you need to check that state’s gun laws.
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