A North Carolina Senate bill proposes to relax the laws limiting the carrying of a concealed weapon. Sponsored by Senator Buck Newton of Wilson County, the bill would allow a holder of a concealed firearm permit to store a firearm in a locked car on a college campus and to wear a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol. Among other proposed changes to North Carolina gun laws, you would no longer need to apply for a license from the Sheriff’s Office before purchasing a handgun.
When can I carry a concealed weapon?
Under current North Carolina gun laws, the intentional carrying of certain deadly weapons in a concealed manner outside of your own property is restricted to specific law enforcement officers and other armed forces. The restriction does not apply if you carry a concealed handgun for which you have a concealed handgun permit, and you abide by the restrictions of that permit.
Even if you hold a permit to carry a concealed handgun, it is illegal to carry a concealed handgun in certain locations. Examples of locations in which it is illegal include:
A school or college campus
An establishment that serves alcohol
What are the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon unlawfully?
The law is that a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, including a gun, is a class 2 misdemeanor, and you could face a 30-day community punishment and a fine for a first offense. If you are charged with carrying a concealed firearm for a second time, it becomes a Class 1 felony, punishable with a community punishment of four to six months.
However, in certain locations, such as a college campus or a bar, the penalties for carrying a weapon are more severe.
For more information on concealed weapon permits and laws, get in touch with a knowledgeable Raleigh criminal defense attorney.
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