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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%

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Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 1,4307
2016: 1,4097
2015: 1,289
2014: 1,206
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

2017: 13.927
2016: 13.89
2015: 12.84
2014: 12.13
2013: 12.42
2012: 12.05
2011: 11.95
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

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 1,2237
2016: 1,1547
2015: 1,092
2014: 992
2013: 1,036
2012: 980
2011: 971
2010: 941
2009: 931
2008: 961

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 24.457
2016: 23.39
2015: 22.32
2014: 20.48
2013: 21.58
2012: 20.62
2011: 20.64
2010: 20.26
2009: 20.23
2008: 21.18

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 2077
2016: 2557
2015: 197
2014: 214
2013: 187
2012: 195
2011: 183
2010: 182
2009: 181
2008: 199

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn North Carolina, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.937
2016: 4.89
2015: 3.82
2014: 4.20
2013: 3.70
2012: 3.90
2011: 3.69
2010: 3.72
2009: 3.73
2008: 4.17

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual homicides by any means total

2017: 6747
2016: 7287
2015: 586
2014: 541
2013: 557
2012: 564
2011: 532
2010: 533
2009: 556
2008: 664
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

2017: 6.567
2016: 7.17
2015: 5.84
2014: 5.44
2013: 5.66
2012: 5.78
2011: 5.51
2010: 5.59
2009: 5.88
2008: 7.13
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

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 5417
2016: 5617
2015: 470
2014: 427
2013: 449
2012: 447
2011: 409
2010: 403
2009: 414
2008: 505

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

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

2017: 10.827
2016: 11.37
2015: 9.61
2014: 8.81
2013: 9.35
2012: 9.40
2011: 8.70
2010: 8.68
2009: 8.99
2008: 11.13

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 1337
2016: 1677
2015: 116
2014: 114
2013: 108
2012: 117
2011: 123
2010: 130
2009: 142
2008: 159

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

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

2017: 2.527
2016: 3.20
2015: 2.25
2014: 2.24
2013: 2.14
2012: 2.34
2011: 2.48
2010: 2.66
2009: 2.93
2008: 3.33

Gun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual firearm homicides total

2017: 5227
2016: 5587
2015: 438
2014: 391
2013: 4128
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

2017: 5.087
2016: 5.50
2015: 4.36
2014: 3.93
2013: 4.18
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

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 4487
2016: 4547
2015: 371
2014: 326
2013: 349
2012: 350
2011: 314
2010: 305
2009: 329
2008: 384

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 8.967
2016: 9.20
2015: 7.58
2014: 6.73
2013: 7.27
2012: 7.36
2011: 6.68
2010: 6.57
2009: 7.15
2008: 8.46

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 747
2016: 1047
2015: 67
2014: 65
2013: 63
2012: 72
2011: 66
2010: 71
2009: 78
2008: 83

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 1.407
2016: 1.99
2015: 1.30
2014: 1.27
2013: 1.25
2012: 1.44
2011: 1.33
2010: 1.45
2009: 1.61
2008: 1.74

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, according to figures9 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2017: 27910 11
2016: 262
2015: 235
2014: 242
2013: 204
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 figures12 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.7213
2016: 2.58
2015: 2.34
2014: 2.43
2013: 2.07
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual handgun homicides total

2017: 537
2016: 41
2015: 10
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7 11
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.527
2016: 0.40
2015: 0.10
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male handgun homicides total

2017: 427
2016: 327
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.847
2016: 0.65
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female handgun homicides total

2017: 117
2016: 9
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.217
2016: 0.17
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Homicides

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

2017: 3510 11
2016: 42
2015: 31
2014: 35
2013: 35
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

2017: 0.3413
2016: 0.41
2015: 0.31
2014: 0.35
2013: 0.36
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual long gun homicides total

2017: 417
2016: 35
2015: 26
2014: 29
2013: 16
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.407
2016: 0.34
2015: 0.26
2014: 0.29
2013: 0.16
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

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male long gun homicides total

2017: 327
2016: 267
2015: 21
2014: 25
2013: 13
2012: 30
2011: 22
2010: 20
2009: 20
2008: 20

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.647
2016: 0.53
2015: 0.43
2014: 0.52
2013: 0.27
2012: 0.63
2011: 0.47
2010: 0.43
2009: 0.43
2008: 0.44

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female long gun homicides total

2017: 97
2016: 9
2015: 5
2014: 4
2013: 3
2012: 8
2011: 2
2010: 5
2009: 8
2008: 7

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.177
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.10
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.15

Gun Homicides (Other)

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

2017: 9910 17
2016: 117
2015: 87
2014: 41
2013: 76
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 figures18 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.9613
2016: 1.15
2015: 0.87
2014: 0.41
2013: 0.77
2012: 3.91
2011: 3.67
2010: 3.64
2009: 4
2008: 4.68
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 4287
2016: 4827
2015: 402
2014: 358
2013: 3937 11
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.177
2016: 4.75
2015: 4
2014: 3.60
2013: 3.99
2012: 3.91
2011: 3.67
2010: 3.64
2009: 4
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

Male Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 3747
2016: 3967
2015: 344
2014: 298
2013: 333
2012: 318
2011: 291
2010: 282
2009: 309
2008: 360

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.487
2016: 8.03
2015: 7.03
2014: 6.15
2013: 6.94
2012: 6.69
2011: 6.19
2010: 6.07
2009: 6.71
2008: 7.93

Female Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 547
2016: 867
2015: 58
2014: 60
2013: 60
2012: 63
2011: 63
2010: 65
2009: 69
2008: 76

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

ChartIn North Carolina, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.027
2016: 1.65
2015: 1.13
2014: 1.18
2013: 1.19
2012: 1.26
2011: 1.27
2010: 1.33
2009: 1.42
2008: 1.59

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual suicides by any means total

2017: 1,5217
2016: 1,3707
2015: 1,403
2014: 1,352
2013: 1,279
2012: 1,283
2011: 1,213
2010: 1,172
2009: 1,173
2008: 1,160
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

2017: 14.817
2016: 13.50
2015: 13.97
2014: 13.60
2013: 12.99
2012: 13.16
2011: 12.56
2010: 12.29
2009: 12.41
2008: 12.46
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

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 1,1787
2016: 1,0117
2015: 1,068
2014: 985
2013: 985
2012: 955
2011: 933
2010: 906
2009: 933
2008: 890

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

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

2017: 23.557
2016: 20.49
2015: 21.83
2014: 20.33
2013: 20.52
2012: 20.09
2011: 19.84
2010: 19.50
2009: 20.27
2008: 19.61

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 3437
2016: 3597
2015: 335
2014: 367
2013: 294
2012: 328
2011: 280
2010: 266
2009: 240
2008: 270

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

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

2017: 6.517
2016: 6.89
2015: 6.50
2014: 7.20
2013: 5.82
2012: 6.56
2011: 5.65
2010: 5.44
2009: 4.95
2008: 5.66

Gun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual firearm suicides total

2017: 8407
2016: 7887
2015: 787
2014: 760
2013: 7718
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

2017: 8.187
2016: 7.77
2015: 7.84
2014: 7.64
2013: 7.83
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

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 7197
2016: 6487
2015: 670
2014: 621
2013: 652
2012: 596
2011: 617
2010: 599
2009: 577
2008: 558

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 14.387
2016: 13.14
2015: 13.70
2014: 12.82
2013: 13.58
2012: 12.54
2011: 13.12
2010: 12.89
2009: 12.54
2008: 12.30

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 1217
2016: 1407
2015: 117
2014: 139
2013: 119
2012: 113
2011: 111
2010: 108
2009: 101
2008: 111

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 2.307
2016: 2.69
2015: 2.27
2014: 2.73
2013: 2.36
2012: 2.26
2011: 2.24
2010: 2.21
2009: 2.08
2008: 2.33

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual handgun suicides total

2017: 2227
2016: 1627
2015: 127
2014: 73
2013: 17
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

2017: 2.167
2016: 1.60
2015: 1.26
2014: 0.73
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.20
2008: 0.14
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)

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male handgun suicides total

2017: 1837
2016: 1337
2015: 101
2014: 55
2013: 14
2012: 13
2011: 18
2010: 12
2009: 17
2008: 10

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 3.667
2016: 2.70
2015: 2.06
2014: 1.14
2013: 0.29
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.38
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.37
2008: 0.22

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female handgun suicides total

2017: 397
2016: 297
2015: 26
2014: 18
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 3

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.747
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.50
2014: 0.35
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.06

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn North Carolina, the number of long gun suicides is

2017: 1097
2016: 1247
2015: 107
2014: 102
2013: 60
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

2017: 1.067
2016: 1.22
2015: 1.07
2014: 1.03
2013: 0.61
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

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male long gun suicides total

2017: 1027
2016: 1117
2015: 99
2014: 92
2013: 51
2012: 58
2011: 49
2010: 40
2009: 47
2008: 38

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 2.047
2016: 2.25
2015: 2.02
2014: 1.90
2013: 1.06
2012: 1.22
2011: 1.04
2010: 0.86
2009: 1.02
2008: 0.84

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female long gun suicides total

2017: 77
2016: 137
2015: 8
2014: 10
2013: 9
2012: 7
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 8

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.137
2016: 0.25
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.17

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn North Carolina, annual gun suicides (other) total

2017: 5097
2016: 5027
2015: 553
2014: 585
2013: 6947
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

2017: 4.957
2016: 4.95
2015: 5.51
2014: 5.88
2013: 7.05
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

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2017: 4347
2016: 4047
2015: 470
2014: 474
2013: 587
2012: 525
2011: 550
2010: 547
2009: 513
2008: 510

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

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

2017: 8.687
2016: 8.19
2015: 9.61
2014: 9.78
2013: 12.23
2012: 11.05
2011: 11.69
2010: 11.77
2009: 11.14
2008: 11.24

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn North Carolina, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2017: 757
2016: 987
2015: 83
2014: 111
2013: 107
2012: 103
2011: 102
2010: 104
2009: 97
2008: 100

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

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

2017: 1.427
2016: 1.88
2015: 1.61
2014: 2.18
2013: 2.12
2012: 2.06
2011: 2.06
2010: 2.13
2009: 2
2008: 2.10

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2017: 437
2016: 27
2015: 39
2014: 39
2013: 18
2012: 29
2011: 38
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

2017: 0.427
2016: 0.27
2015: 0.39
2014: 0.39
2013: 0.18
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 Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2017: 357
2016: 187
2015: 29
2014: 31
2013: 16
2012: 21
2011: 33
2010: 28
2009: 17
2008: 11

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.707
2016: 0.36
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.64
2013: 0.33
2012: 0.44
2011: 0.70
2010: 0.60
2009: 0.37
2008: 0.24

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 87
2016: 9
2015: 10
2014: 8
2013: 2
2012: 8
2011: 5
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 2

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.157
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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 Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn North Carolina, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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 Male Long Gun Deaths

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 307
2016: 24
2015: 30
2014: 34
2013: 14
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

2017: 0.297
2016: 0.24
2015: 0.30
2014: 0.34
2013: 0.14
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.34
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.13
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

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 257
2016: 177
2015: 23
2014: 26
2013: 12
2012: 18
2011: 28
2010: 26
2009: 14
2008: 10

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

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

2017: 0.507
2016: 0.34
2015: 0.47
2014: 0.54
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.38
2011: 0.60
2010: 0.56
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.22

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 57
2016: 7
2015: 7
2014: 8
2013: 2
2012: 8
2011: 5
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 2

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

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

2017: 0.097
2016: 0.13
2015: 0.14
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.04

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 12
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 15
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
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

2017: 07
2016: 0.12
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.15
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 107
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 12
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 0.20
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.25
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 2
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 3
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 0.04
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.06
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 11
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 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 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

2017: 07
2016: 0.11
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.13
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 10
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.21
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 3
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.06
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn North Carolina, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2017: 177
2016: 247
2015: 17
2014: 10
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 5
2006: 17
2005: 14
2004: 9
2003: 13
2002: 19
2001: 519
2000: 3
1999: 0 (suppressed)
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 18.920 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. 2020 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 restrictive21

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in North Carolina includes the North Carolina General Statutes 2012 and the Constitution of North Carolina 197122

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in North Carolina are regulated by the State of North Carolina (with some exceptions for local governments)23 24 25

Right to Possess Firearms

In North Carolina, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,26 as limited by federal law27 and state law28 24 25

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In North Carolina, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,29 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,30 .50 calibre rifles31 and large capacity ammunition magazines32 24 25

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In North Carolina, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration29 33 24 25

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In North Carolina, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence30 24 25

Regulation of Handguns

In North Carolina, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire handguns34 35 24 25

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)35 34 24 25 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 hunting34 24 25

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)36 24 25

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a permit to acquire handguns in North Carolina, being a federally non-disqualified individual,37 38 must pass additional background checks which consider criminal, mental health, addiction and domestic violence35 34 24 25 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in North Carolina stipulates39 35 24 25 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 handgun40 24 25

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 handgun34 24 25

Licensing Records

In North Carolina, authorities maintain a record (for handgun permits)34 24 25 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 handgun34 24 25

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In North Carolina, the law requires (all permits to purchase a handgun)41 24 25 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 required42 24 25 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)43 24 25

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In North Carolina, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful44 24 25

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in North Carolina is obliged (for handguns)45 43 24 25 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 obliged45 24 25 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 firearms46 24 25

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

2015: 4,81947
2014: 4,82848
2013: 4,72849
2012: 4,33150
2011: 3,96651

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In North Carolina, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined52 24 25

Regulation of Gun Shows

In North Carolina, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 24 25 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in North Carolina do not include54 24 25 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 include55 24 25 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 include54 56 24 25 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply57

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In North Carolina, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law58 59 60 61 24 25

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In North Carolina, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not62 24 25 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 permit63 24 25

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In North Carolina, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit40 24 25

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In North Carolina, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,40 64 24 25 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 granted40 24 25 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 exempt65 24 25 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 places66 and schools67 24 25

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’68

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: 1669
2010: 1670
2009: 1971
2008: 2072
2007: 2073

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked North Carolina at No. 974 among 50 US States


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