Firearm Rights Restoration in North Carolina

Gun RightsI am often asked if you can obtain a North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun Permit or Purchase Permit in North Carolina if you have a Criminal Record. My first advice is to seek legal representation. In North Carolina, if you have been convicted of a felony you may petition the district court where you reside to have your firearms rights restored. Your civil rights must have been restored for a period of at least 20 years and you must have been charged with a non-violent felony.

An offense that includes an assault.The term nonviolent felony does not include a felony classified a Class A, Class B1, Class B2, or a Class C through Class I felony that is one of the following:

  • An offense that includes the possession or use of a firearm or other deadly weapon.
  • An armed offense that includes a firearm or deadly weapon.A
  • An offense for which the offender must register under G.S. Article 27A of Chapter 14.

Prior to petitioning to have your firearm rights restored, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a resident of North Carolina at least one year or longer.
  • You must have only one felony conviction, and, it must be for a nonviolent felony. Multiple felony convictions from the same event with consolidated sentencing count as one felony in the State of North Carolina.
  • Your rights of citizenship must have been restored pursuant to Chapter 13 of the General Statutes for a period of at least 20 years before filing the petition.
  • You have not been convicted under the laws of the United States, the laws of North Carolina, or the laws of any other state of a misdemeanor since the conviction of the nonviolent felony.
  • You agree to submit your fingerprints to the sheriff of the county in which you reside for a criminal background check
  • You are not disqualified under the conditions above.

As stated initially, you are strongly urged to seek legal counsel for fair representation as I am not a lawyer, affiliated with any legal agency or authorized to give legal advice regarding laws and the restoration of firearm rights in North Carolina.

Source: NC DOJ

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!