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June 15, 2021

Gun Laws in North Carolina

The right to own a gun is one of the most hotly debated rights in America and one that impacts many American lives. You may own a gun yourself, but now, you’ve run into trouble because of your gun.

Because there are no universal gun laws in the United States, following your state’s firearm laws is vital. Check out the gun laws of North Carolina below to help you avoid legal issues with your firearms, and speak with a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer at The Chetson Firm if you’ve been arrested over gun charges.

Who Can Own a Gun?

Owning a deadly weapon is a big responsibility, and because of this, you may need to meet certain requirements just to own a gun.

To purchase a handgun in North Carolina, you must have a permit for the gun and a valid ID. This ID should show that you live in the state. Your permit may require a trip to the sheriff’s office and will include a background check. If you have a felony conviction on your record, for example, you may be unable to own a gun.

If you don’t follow these laws, you may find yourself in trouble with the police. If you’ve been accused of illegally owning a gun, reach out for help defending your case with a lawyer.

Concealed Carry Laws

When carrying a firearm, you may be interested in keeping your weapon concealed. But having a concealed carry license takes a little more work and may come with different rules. For example, you may be required by law to notify a police officer if you have a concealed weapon in the vehicle.

Getting a concealed carry license can be a little more complicated, and many things can disqualify you from legally carrying a concealed weapon. For example, you must be at least twenty-one years old. You must also follow residency laws involved with getting your license.

Once you have your license, you may need to follow more laws to keep it. For example, drinking while carrying a concealed weapon could lead to serious penalties. Because of this, you may need to speak with your lawyer if you’re arrested for these charges.

Limits to North Carolina’s Open Carry Laws

You may have a firearm that you legally own, but that doesn’t mean you can take it anywhere. State laws prohibit guns being brought onto certain properties. For example, you cannot openly carry a gun on school property.

Below are some other locations where guns aren’t allowed:

If you had a gun in one of these places, among others, you may have landed in legal trouble. Luckily, your lawyer can help you build a defense for your case.

Defend Yourself from Gun Charges with a Lawyer’s Help

When you’re facing charges relating to the misuse of a firearm, you may be facing harsh penalties. Felony convictions, permit revocations, and other issues may haunt you for years after an arrest for a gun-related charge.

If you’re facing gun charges under North Carolina law, your lawyer at The Chetson Firm can help you fight back. We have the tools you need to get those charges reduced or even dismissed. When you’re ready to learn more about your options, reach out by calling or texting 919-352-9411 or by completing the online contact form below.

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