Legal Concealed Carry in North Carolina

GOF FlyerIn the State of North Carolina, citizens wanting to obtain a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit are first required to complete an eight-hour concealed carry certification course. After successfully completing an approved handgun safety course, you must submit an application for a state-issued permit in the county in which you reside. At the local Sheriff’s office, you must submit your original handgun course certificate along with the application, pay a non-refundable fee of $80.0 and provide two sets of fingerprints, which typically cost $10.00. In addition, you must authorize a mental health check.

 Once you receive your NC Concealed Carry Handgun permit you are required to renew it every five years. You will be required to submit a renewal application with the sheriff’s office in the county in which you reside at least thirty days prior to your permit’s expiration date. You must also submit a notarized affidavit stating that you remain qualified to receive a permit. The fee to renew a permit is $75.00. The sheriff’s office will perform another check into your criminal history and make another query into the NICS database. Dependent upon the local regulations in your county, you may be required to take another handgun safety course prior to renewal. As a current permit holder, you will receive a notice at least forty-five days in advance of your concealed carry permit expiring. You may apply to renew your concealed carry permit within ninety-day of it expiring. If you fail to register to renew your permit prior to the expiration date, the requirement to take another handgun safety course may be waived if you submit your renewal application within sixty days of the permit expiring. Deployed military personnel are allowed an additional ninety days after their deployment ends to submit a renewal application.

 In an emergency situation, a temporary permit may be issued to an individual if the sheriff has reason to belief that the individual’s safety, property, or the safety of the individual’s family is in immediate danger. You must first establish with the sheriff’s office that an emergency exists, submit two sets of fingerprints, and pay a non-refundable fee of $80.00. The temporary permit will be valid for a maximum of forty-five days and may be revoked by the sheriff at any time.

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.