Tomorrow, North Carolina’s new gun law takes effect. HB 937 restores constitutional rights, while enabling North Carolinians to better protect themselves and their families.
As a gun owner – and especially as a concealed handgun permit holder – it is important to know the law. A full copy of the law is attached below, but here are some of the biggest changes:
- SECTION 1: Concealed carry permit holders may keep their weapons in closed compartments or containers inside locked vehicles that are parked in state-owned or state-leased parking lots.
- SECTION 2: Employees of a university who live on campus can now have weapons in single-family detached residences. In some cases, they can have weapons in their personal vehicles, but this is dependent on several factors. See text of bill for more.
- SECTION 3: If you have a concealed carry permit, you can now carry at an event or assembly where admission was charged. You may also carry in an establishment where alcohol is sold, provided you do not drink alcohol.
- SECTION 4: With a valid concealed carry permit, you can now have a concealed handgun on greenways, biking and walking paths, and certain open areas and fields. Local governments may still prohibit firearms in public athletic fields, swimming pools, and gymnasium. However, in those locations it is legal to keep a handgun in a closed compartment of a locked vehicle.
- SECTION 12: Concealed-carry records are now considered confidential records and will not be divulged to anyone except law enforcement agencies.
- SECTION 15: It is now legal to carry a concealed handgun at a parade or funeral procession, provided you have a valid permit.
- SECTION 16: Sheriffs are now required to give a written justification for their refusal to grant a pistol purchase permit.
- SECTION 23: It is now legal to hunt while using a lawfully-owned suppressor.