Charlotte, NC handgun laws


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Alex45ACP
October 9, 2005, 05:11 PM
I may be moving to Charlotte in a few months and curious about the handgun laws there. I used to live there and heard you need a permit approved by the sherrif to purchase a handgun. What are the legalities concerning bringing a handgun to Charlotte from another state?

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LAR-15
October 9, 2005, 09:35 PM
It's fine.

DO NOT OPEN CARRY IT.

Waitone
October 9, 2005, 09:57 PM
Mecklenburg county sheriff administers guns stuff. First time permits are $5 each and you have to personally appear. Subsequent permits go faster. Bottom line is they do the background check for the purchase permit. You can buy a gun and walk out. No wait period.

No purchase permit necessary for CCH holders.

Bring a gun into CLT? Fine. No one cares

Welcome to charlotte. I went over the wall a few months ago. I hope you like herds of blissninnies, high taxes, corrupt politicians, traffic, high taxes and more traffic. Did mention traffic?

Alex45ACP
October 10, 2005, 12:18 AM
I hope you like herds of blissninnies, high taxes, corrupt politicians, traffic, high taxes and more traffic. Did mention traffic?

I used to live in Washington, DC; I am desensitized to all of that.

When it comes to those things, Charlotte is nothing compared to DC, fortunately.

So just to clarify, it's OK for me to bring my handguns from Florida, even though I'm not 21? Forgot to mention my age in the first post.

gc70
October 10, 2005, 12:52 AM
North Carolina General Statute 14-269.7 provides that it is a misdemeanor for any person under the age of 18 to possess or carry a handgun.From North Carolina Firearms Laws (http://www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA/ncfirearmslaws.pdf)

Alex45ACP
October 10, 2005, 01:00 AM
Whew.

Under 18?

So if you're 18 or over you can carry in NC? That doesn't sound right. Would be cool, but I doubt it.

gc70
October 10, 2005, 01:41 AM
CCW in North Carolina is at 21.

"Possess or carry" as used in the summary of firearms laws covers a variety of things. For instance, 18+ can carry on their own property. 18+ are also not under the same parent/guardian liability provisions as minors. And "carry" could include open carry or transporting in a vehicle. You will have to read the actual statutes and regulations to get all of the nuances.

Alex45ACP
October 10, 2005, 03:15 AM
Interesting.

So if you're 21 you can open carry in NC without a permit? (Maybe not for long in Charlotte :banghead: )

Waitone
October 10, 2005, 07:53 AM
Don't go down the open carry road. The law is ambigious and the police are not that well educated in its finer and more abstract points.

kahr40
October 10, 2005, 10:38 AM
Open carry is legal in NC but there a statute called Going Armed to the Terror of the People.

A person guilty of this offense
(1) arms himself or herself with unusual and dangerous weapons
(2) for the purpose of terrifying others, and
(3) goes about on public highways
(4) in a manner to cause terror to others.

This has in the past been interpreted against those who carry openly and do nothing else. If a busy body feels terrified and calls the police ...
I also understand that Charlotte's Police Chief and City council are trying to ban open carry in the city.

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