Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it a crime in North Carolina to...

    • Carry a concealed weapon without a permit? Yes

    • Carry a concealed weapon in an unauthorized building? Yes

    • Possess a firearm as a convicted felon? Yes

    • Possess a weapon of mass destruction? Yes

    • Fail to secure weapons from falling into a minor's hands? Yes

    • Possess any unlawful weapon if you are a minor? Yes
  • What can I do to help my community?

    Support programs that help people steer a new, law abiding course. For example: Participate in partnerships that bring police and parole officers together to enforce terms of parolees release or probation.

    Encourage young people to get involved in teen and youth courts in which peers help decide what should happen to youth who have broken the law.

    Participate in Neighborhood Watch initiatives that involve residents in reporting suspicious behavior and working to improve their skills, and mentoring programs.

    Support programs focus on children and young people, such as youth-serving facilities, like teen centers and Boys & Girls Club, classes to help parents improve their skills, and mentoring programs.

    Harness the energies of the faith community, schools, hospitals and clinics, businesses, community centers, youth serving organizations, and youth membership groups to help.

  • What can I do as an individual?

    If you suspect someone is in possession of an illegal gun (for example, a stolen weapon), report it to your local police or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

    If you suspect someone has a gun but is barred by law from having one (for example, someone who has been convicted of a crime), report it to those same authorities.

    Support your police and prosecutors.

    Store weapons in your home securely, separating ammunition from weapons.

    Keep weapons secure against theft. More than 300,000 guns are stolen in home burglaries annually.