State Law Background
Among other things, North Carolina requires all handgun purchasers to first obtain a license, after undergoing a background check. However, North Carolina does not:
- Require a person to undergo a background check prior to purchasing a long gun from an unlicensed seller;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Require firearm owners to report lost or stolen firearms;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Regulate ammunition sales;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms or ammunition; or
- Provide local law enforcement with discretion to deny a license to carry firearms.
In 2014, North Carolina had the 28th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In that year alone, 1201 people died from gunshot wounds in North Carolina.
North Carolina Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in North Carolina, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.