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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Location Restrictions in North Carolina.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 6 March
Other Location Restrictions in North Carolina
No person, including a concealed handgun permittee, may carry a firearm, openly or concealed into the State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or in any building housing any court of the General Court of Justice, except that a concealed handgun permittee may keep a firearm locked in his or her vehicle.
No person, including a concealed handgun permittee, may willfully or intentionally possess a firearm at any parade, funeral procession, picket line, or demonstration upon any private health care facility or public place (except for a firearm carried in a pickup truck at a holiday parade or in a funeral procession).
North Carolina prohibits any person from transporting a firearm in an area in which a declared state of emergency exists or within the immediate vicinity of a riot.
Additionally, with the exception of a concealed handgun permittee who is a district attorney, assistant district attorney, or investigator employed by the office of the district attorney, a concealed handgun permit does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun into the following locations:
- At an assembly where a fee is charged for admission, except with the permission of the owner, lessee, or person or organization sponsoring the event;
- In an establishment where alcohol is sold and consumed, unless the person is the owner or lessee of the premises or business establishment;
- Educational facilities;
- Any establishment where alcohol is served;
- A law enforcement or correctional facility;
- A state or federal building or office of the state or federal government;
- A state-owned rest area or rest stop along the highways;
- A state-owned hunting and fishing reservation;
- Any place where the legal possessor has posted conspicuous notice or stated that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited; or
- Any places where the carrying of a concealed firearm is prohibited under federal law.
Pursuant to a law enacted in 2011, a concealed handgun permittee is authorized to carry a concealed handgun into a state park, or a financial institution. However, the law allows a local government to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the carrying of a concealed handgun on a municipal and county playground, athletic field, swimming pool, or athletic facility, although a concealed handgun licensee may still secure a handgun within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or area of a locked vehicle.
North Carolina has no statutes prohibiting firearms in the following places, although administrative regulations may apply:
- Sports arenas;
- Gambling facilities; or
- Polling places…
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