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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn North Carolina, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 39.0%1
2002: 40.8%2
2001: 41.3%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In North Carolina, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 50.61%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn North Carolina, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 60.6%5 6
1991/2000: 69.2%
1981/1990: 72.1%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,206 7
2013: 1,223
2012: 1,175
2011: 1,154
2010: 1,123
2009: 1,112
2008: 1,160
2007: 1,116
2006: 1,133
2005: 1,119
2004: 1,055
2003: 1,055
2002: 1,136
2001: 1,093
2000: 1,113
1999: 1,057

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 12.137
2013: 12.42
2012: 12.05
2011: 11.96
2010: 11.78
2009: 11.77
2008: 12.46
2007: 12.24
2006: 12.71
2005: 12.85
2004: 12.33
2003: 12.53
2002: 13.64
2001: 13.31
2000: 13.83
1999: 13.30

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 5637
2012: 567
2011: 532
2010: 539
2009: 565
2008: 668
2007: 674
2006: 622
2005: 661
2004: 613
2003: 598
2002: 644
2001: 599
2000: 657
1999: 651

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.727
2012: 5.82
2011: 5.51
2010: 5.65
2009: 5.98
2008: 7.18
2007: 7.39
2006: 6.98
2005: 7.59
2004: 7.17
2003: 7.10
2002: 7.73
2001: 7.30
2000: 8.16
1999: 8.19

Gun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 4127
2012: 422
2011: 380
2010: 376
2009: 407
2008: 467
2007: 458
2006: 439
2005: 451
2004: 411
2003: 396
2002: 467
2001: 418
2000: 458
1999: 459

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.187
2012: 4.33
2011: 3.94
2010: 3.94
2009: 4.31
2008: 5.02
2007: 5.02
2006: 4.92
2005: 5.18
2004: 4.81
2003: 4.70
2002: 5.61
2001: 5.09
2000: 5.69
1999: 5.77

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2049 10
2012: 208
2011: 235
2010: 188
2009: 243
2008: 261
2007: 252
2006: 227
2005: 241
2004: 199
2003: 225
2002: 261
2001: 227
2000: 279
1999: 236
1998: 288
1997: 288
1996: 318
1995: 349

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.0712
2012: 2.13
2011: 2.43
2010: 1.97
2009: 2.57
2008: 2.80
2007: 2.76
2006: 2.55
2005: 2.77
2004: 2.33
2003: 2.67
2002: 3.13
2001: 2.76
2000: 3.45
1999: 2.97
1998: 3.69
1997: 3.76
1996: 4.24

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 359 10
2012: 42
2011: 45
2010: 46
2009: 37
2008: 47
2007: 41
2006: 51
2005: 54
2004: 38
2003: 51
2002: 63
2001: 57
2000: 56
1999: 66
1998: 82
1997: 69
1996: 74
1995: 95

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3612
2012: 0.43
2011: 0.47
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.39
2008: 0.50
2007: 0.45
2006: 0.57
2005: 0.62
2004: 0.44
2003: 0.61
2002: 0.76
2001: 0.69
2000: 0.69
1999: 0.83
1998: 1.05
1997: 0.90
1996: 0.99

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1613 10
2012: 38
2011: 24
2010: 25
2009: 28
2008: 27
2007: 28
2006: 37
2005: 29
2004: 21
2003: 33
2002: 39
2001: 37
2000: 30
1999: 28

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.39
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.29
2007: 0.31
2006: 0.41
2005: 0.33
2004: 0.25
2003: 0.39
2002: 0.47
2001: 0.45
2000: 0.37
1999: 0.35

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 769 10
2012: 59
2011: 55
2010: 52
2009: 55
2008: 54
2007: 76
2006: 60
2005: 58
2004: 47
2003: 40
2002: 43
2001: 37
2000: 31
1999: 60
1998: 3
1997: 9
1996: 5
1995: 4

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7712
2012: 0.61
2011: 0.57
2010: 0.54
2009: 0.58
2008: 0.58
2007: 0.83
2006: 0.67
2005: 0.67
2004: 0.55
2003: 0.47
2002: 0.52
2001: 0.45
2000: 0.38
1999: 0.75
1998: 0.04
1997: 0.12
1996: 0.07

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 39313 10
2012: 381
2011: 354
2010: 347
2009: 378
2008: 436
2007: 429
2006: 400
2005: 413
2004: 387
2003: 361
2002: 420
2001: 377
2000: 426
1999: 425

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.9913 10
2012: 3.91
2011: 3.67
2010: 3.64
2009: 4.00
2008: 4.68
2007: 4.70
2006: 4.49
2005: 4.74
2004: 4.52
2003: 4.29
2002: 5.04
2001: 4.59
2000: 5.29
1999: 5.35

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,2847
2012: 1,286
2011: 1,213
2010: 1,174
2009: 1,174
2008: 1,162
2007: 1,077
2006: 1,106
2005: 1,009
2004: 1,027
2003: 955
2002: 986
2001: 997
2000: 971
1999: 884

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 13.047
2012: 13.19
2011: 12.57
2010: 12.31
2009: 12.42
2008: 12.48
2007: 11.81
2006: 12.40
2005: 11.59
2004: 12.01
2003: 11.34
2002: 11.84
2001: 12.14
2000: 12.06
1999: 11.12

Gun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 7717
2012: 709
2011: 728
2010: 707
2009: 678
2008: 669
2007: 607
2006: 660
2005: 632
2004: 608
2003: 619
2002: 630
2001: 632
2000: 621
1999: 567

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.837
2012: 7.27
2011: 7.54
2010: 7.41
2009: 7.17
2008: 7.19
2007: 6.66
2006: 7.40
2005: 7.26
2004: 7.11
2003: 7.35
2002: 7.57
2001: 7.70
2000: 7.71
1999: 7.13

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 1713
2012: 16
2011: 22
2010: 15
2009: 19
2008: 13
2007: 10
2006: 16
2005: 20
2004: 19
2003: 29
2002: 22
2001: 17
2000: 19
1999: 19

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.34
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 6013
2012: 65
2011: 54
2010: 41
2009: 49
2008: 46
2007: 37
2006: 50
2005: 60
2004: 59
2003: 62
2002: 64
2001: 60
2000: 56
1999: 62

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.6113
2012: 0.67
2011: 0.56
2010: 0.43
2009: 0.52
2008: 0.49
2007: 0.41
2006: 0.56
2005: 0.69
2004: 0.69
2003: 0.74
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.73
2000: 0.70
1999: 0.78

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 69413
2012: 628
2011: 652
2010: 651
2009: 610
2008: 610
2007: 560
2006: 594
2005: 552
2004: 530
2003: 528
2002: 544
2001: 555
2000: 546
1999: 486

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.0513
2012: 6.44
2011: 6.75
2010: 6.83
2009: 6.46
2008: 6.55
2007: 6.14
2006: 6.66
2005: 6.34
2004: 6.20
2003: 6.27
2002: 6.53
2001: 6.76
2000: 6.78
1999: 6.11

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 187
2012: 29
2011: 28
2010: 30
2009: 19
2008: 13
2007: 38
2006: 19
2005: 27
2004: 23
2003: 32
2002: 26
2001: 32
2000: 28
1999: 25

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.187
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.39
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.42
2006: 0.21
2005: 0.31
2004: 0.27
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.31
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.35
1999: 0.31

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1413
2012: 26
2011: 33
2010: 28
2009: 16
2008: 12
2007: 32
2006: 16
2005: 22
2004: 16
2003: 27
2002: 25
2001: 31
2000: 26
1999: 22

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.34
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.25
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.30
2001: 0.38
2000: 0.32
1999: 0.28

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn North Carolina, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 157
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 8
2006: 9
2005: 4
2004: 10
2003: 6
2002: 5
2001: 5
2000: 3
1999: 5

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.157
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.06
2001: 5
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.06

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn North Carolina, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn North Carolina, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn North Carolina, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 1313
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 618
2010: 9
2009: 12
2008: 1619
2007: 5
2006: 17
2005: 14
2004: 9
2003: 13
2002: 19
2001: 520
2000: 3
1999: 0
1998: 1
1997: 13
1996: 12

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from North Carolina at a rate of 18.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, North Carolina ranked at No. 2021 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in North Carolina is categorised as restrictive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in North Carolina includes the North Carolina General Statutes 2012 and the Constitution of North Carolina 197123

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in North Carolina are regulated by the State of North Carolina (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In North Carolina, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In North Carolina, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In North Carolina, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In North Carolina, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In North Carolina, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire handguns35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In North Carolina, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (permit required only to purchase a handgun or to obtain a hidden handgun permit)36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Gun owners and buyers in North Carolina are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a handgun, for example for protection, target shooting, collecting or hunting35 25 26

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in North Carolina is 18 years for handguns (no minimum age for rifles or shotguns)37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a permit to acquire handguns in North Carolina, being a federally non-disqualified individual,38 39 must pass additional background checks which consider criminal, mental health, addiction and domestic violence36 35 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in North Carolina stipulates40 36 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In North Carolina, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun41 25 26

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In North Carolina, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years for a permit to purchase a handgun35 25 26

Licensing Records

In North Carolina, authorities maintain a record (for handgun permits)35 25 26 of individual civilians permitted to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Non-prohibited persons in North Carolina are permitted to possess one handgun per permit to purchase a handgun35 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In North Carolina, the law requires (all permits to purchase a handgun)42 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In North Carolina, licensed firearm dealers are required43 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In North Carolina, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a valid firearms licence (for handguns)44 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In North Carolina, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful45 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in North Carolina is obliged (for handguns)46 44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in North Carolina is obliged46 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In North Carolina, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one handgun per acquisition permit, but is not limited for other firearms47 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in North Carolina is reported to be

2015: 4,81948
2014: 4,82849
2013: 4,72850
2012: 4,33151
2011: 3,96652

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In North Carolina, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined53 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In North Carolina, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated54 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in North Carolina do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in North Carolina do not include56 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in North Carolina do not include55 57 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply58

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In North Carolina, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law59 60 61 62 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In North Carolina, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not63 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In North Carolina, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit64 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In North Carolina, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit41 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In North Carolina, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,41 65 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In North Carolina, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted41 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In North Carolina, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt66 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In North Carolina, private guns are prohibited in paid public events, bars, state and federal buildings, public demonstrations or parades (with limited exceptions), courts, law enforcement facilities, correctional facilities, state-owned rest areas, state-owned hunting and fishing reserves, educational facilities, areas under a declared state of emergency, prohibited places67 and schools68 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked North Carolina as ‘F’69

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in North Carolina on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 1670
2010: 1671
2009: 1972
2008: 2073
2007: 2074

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked North Carolina at No. 975 among 50 US States


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