North Carolina Reciprocity & Recognitions
The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the State of North Carolina as of 2/27/2013. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the State of North Carolina legislation at ncleg.net. Another great resource is the North Carolina Department of Justice ncdoj.com.
Effective December 1, 2011, North Carolina automatically recognizes concealed carry permits issued in any other state.
Out-of-state permit holders should familiarize themselves with North Carolina’s laws.
In North Carolina, concealed handguns may not be carried:
- In law enforcement or correctional facilities such as a prison;
- In any space occupied by state or federal employees, including state and federal courthouses;
- In schools or on school grounds;
- In areas of assemblies, parades, funerals or demonstrations;
- In any place where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed (such as some restaurants);
- In any area where concealed handguns are prohibited by federal law;
- In any place of business that has posted a sign banning concealed weapons on its premises;
- By any person while consuming alcohol or while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substances (unless obtained legally and taken as directed by a physician).
To possess a concealed handgun in North Carolina, you must:
- Carry your permit and a valid form of identification with you at all times.
- Disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit when you are approached or addressed by any law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
- Inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun.
- Present both the permit and valid identification at the request of an officer
North Carolina Concealed Carry Permits are honored in all states listed below:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming