Wanting a Concealed Carry Permit in North Carolina?

The average wait time to receive a state-issued concealed carry permit in North Carolina is ninety days. Citizens wanting to carry a firearm concealed are required to complete eight hours of mandatory training in firearms safety. Requirements for carrying a concealed handgun are defined by the North Carolina Department of Justice. Courses include state laws on legal aspects of using deadly force and areas where carrying a handgun concealed is prohibited.

Each student is required to pass a twenty question written test and demonstrate safe gun handling on the firing range. The on-range portion of the course requires each student hit twenty-one out of thirty shots fired. Shots are fired at three, five, and seven-yard distances.

The course includes Handgun Nomenclature, Handgun Safety , Marksmanship Fundamentals, Safety Issues, Presentation Techniques, Cleaning and Maintenance, Ammunition, and Proficiency Drills. Costs typically includes training materials, shooting target, and firing a handgun on range. Firearms instructors typically offer handgun rental with ammunition for an additional cost.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student is provided with a certificate certifying that their training has been completed. The certificate must be surrendered to the sheriff’s office in your residential county as part of the application process.

As a United States citizen is important to keep abreast of gun laws that affect your second amendment rights. As a handgun owner it is imperative that you know whether or not you reside in one of many issue states. In court, you will be held responsible for complying with state mandated concealed carry laws when carrying a concealed weapon.

Become familiar with background check requirements and seek firearm training from a reputable instructor in your area. Most states have gun lobby groups supported by a national rifle organization and some participate in efforts to fight violent crime. Protecting your second amendment rights involves being an advocate for constitutional carry. It also involves being informed of new bills as they are introduced to congress in Washington, DC.

Laws vary from state to state. In West Virginia, concealed carry permit holders can obtain a permit online while Georgia uses a simple application request process. It is mandatory that you know the laws in your state prior to obtaining an out of state permit online. For more information see the article How long Does it Take to Obtain a Concealed Carry Handgun Permit in North Carolina.

Open Carry in North Carolina

Open Carry in North Carolina seems to be a confusing topic for many people that I encounter in the world of #FirearmsSafetyTraining.

I’m never surprised at the many students that drive to class with their firearm that don’t know the laws of Open Carry. North Carolina Open Carry law provides ONLY two options when transporting a handgun.


In the State of North Carolina, your handgun must be:
Fully Visible, meaning in plain sight if approached by an officer. Recommended locations include the passenger seat or dashboard. As soon as the officer approaches the vehicle, immediately notify the officer that there is a handgun in the vehicle and where it is located. This protects both yourself and the law enforcement officer and keeps you both safe from an accidental firing of a handgun to fear for life.

The second option requires locking the firearm in the dashboard, trunk, or gun case that is securely affixed to the vehicle. Pistol cases are sold with a cable that can be affixed to the seat post or other permanent fixture in a vehicle. There are a variety of pistol cases available and they vary in size and in style. If you are looking to purchase a pistol case, they are available locally in places like Walmart, Academy Sports, Gander World, Field & Stream and other retailers. You can only purchase pistol cases online saving quite a bit of money.

It is EXTREMELY important to research firearm laws in every state that you will cross when traveling. Many assume that firearm laws are the same in every state but would be shocked to find that they differ greatly from one state to another regarding both open and concealed carry.

Requirements to Purchase a Handgun in North Carolina

Are you looking to purchase a handgun in North Carolina for sport or personal defense but confused about the process. Keep reading to learn the requirements to purchase a handgun in North Carolina.

To purchase a handgun in North Carolina, the purchaser must provide a valid photo ID along with a valid North Carolina-issued pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun permit to the seller

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If the handgun purchase is made at a retail establishment, the purchaser is required complete and sign Firearms Transactions Record Form 4473. If you are buying with a NC-issued pistol purchase permit, the retailer is required to retain the original NC-issued pistol purchase permit for their records. 

 If the handgun is purchase is made through a private transaction, the transfer of handguns also requires that the transferee show proof of a state-issued pistol purchase permit or possesses a valid North Carolina issued concealed carry permit. In North Carolina you are only allowed to buy one handgun per state issued pistol purchase permit. The permit must be relinquished to the seller.

It is highly recommend that you complete a bill of sale showing transfer of ownership. The bill of sale should include name of both buyer and seller, handgun serial number, make and model, date of sale, verified id credentials and signature of both buyer and seller. The bill of sale showing transfer of ownership protects both the buyer and the seller in the event the firearm is used for self-defense. Bill of sale templates can be easily downloaded on Google.

Law Enforcement Officials are exempt from completing both Form 4473 and are exempt from going  through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Although exempt from NICS, law enforcement officials are required to provide a certificate signed by a designated authority. The signed certificate must state that the  firearm is to be used for official duties. Law Enforcement Official must have no convictions for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

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What happens in Concealed Carry Handgun Class

A North Carolina Concealed CarryConcealed Carry Handgun permit allows you to legally carry a handgun on your body or in a personal tote such as backpack, briefcase, or handbag. NORTH CAROLINA FIREARMS LAWS defines Concealed Carry “about the person” which means it must be concealed on the person or within arm’s reach of the person.

Proof of an eight-hour state-approved Firearm Safety training or Concealed Carry class is required by the State of North Carolina prior to applying for a state issued permit. Two of those hours must be dedicate to the Laws of Self Defense. In addition to the eight hours of mandatory classroom training that is required, you must complete a 20 question written exam on the Legal Issues of Self-Defense and Firearm Safety and Rules and shooting range qualification.

The course as taught by GIRLZ on F.I.R.E., L.L.C. includes instruction on North Carolina Common Law, North Carolina Statutory Law, Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Handgun Nomenclature, and Marksmanship Fundamentals. NC Common Law teaches both justified and unjustified self-defense while knowledge of NC Statutory Law states the rights and rules you must abide by as a citizen. The course also includes Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Storage of Handguns, Alcohol and Firearms and Ammunition Safety. There is added discussion on Handguns, specifically Revolvers versus Semiautomatic Pistols. Marksmanship Fundamentals includes topics on Grip, Follow-Through, Stance, Breath Control, Sight Alignment/Sight Picture, Shooting Rhythm, Trigger Control, and Shooting Positions. In addition, we cover Carrying Concealed Safety Issues and Presentation Techniques. Last, we cover Cleaning and Maintenance through demonstration of Proper Cleaning Procedures, Lubrication, Function Check, and a detailed discussion on Ammunition selection.

Obtaining your North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun certification is a choice that requires mental preparedness. Keeping Safety at the front of your mind at all times is critical. By taking time to further your training and practicing firing drills both at home (dry-fire) and at the range is when you truly become a better and more skilled shooter. In addition, Sports and Competition shooting is fun when we practice safety first, so get out there and find a community of like-minded shooters to learn more about the sport.

How to Conceal Carry Like a Pro

The first step to being successful at concealed carry is education. By taking a reputable concealed carry handgun course you will learn not only the laws applicable to your state but a variety of other subject matters as well. Most concealed carry handgun courses will teach the principles of safety, handgun nomenclature, marksmanship fundamentals, safety issues while carrying, presentation techniques, cleaning and maintenance, and various proficiency drills.Concealed Carry

As laws regarding concealed carry changed based on legislature, staying updated on the current state laws is mandatory. As an example, within five months of teaching Concealed Carry Handgun certification, the manual changed twice.

Following up with additional training in not only recommended, but critical in becoming proficient with your firearm. As you will learn in a firearm safety class, there are many types of firearms, all with different safety features and firing mechanisms. By reading your owner’s manual you can learn the features that are unique to your training needs.

By choosing the right holster or carry option for your lifestyle, you will be dedicated to carrying on a daily basis. If your carry option is not comfortable, you simply, will not carry. Holster options range from on the body, to purses with built-in velcro holsters that are accessible from the left or right carry position. In addition, you have the option of ankle holsters, shoulder holsters and even those built into leggings for athletic needs. Do your research and choose the options that are best for you.

Before you travel, always research laws for each state that you plan to cross. Many states will honor your concealed carry permit while others don’t allow concealed carry at all. Invest in a locking safe that can be securely affixed to your vehicle if you do not have a locking glove compartment as it required in the majority of states.

Finally, never stop learning. There is a variety of information available via online Google searches, YouTube videos, and social media platforms. Do your research and know your rights!