Open carry in NC


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BigWoolyBanjo
May 27, 2011, 08:22 PM
So...
Is it legal, if I have a CCW from a reciprocating state?
Talking about woods carry in a National Forest.

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WNC Seabee
May 27, 2011, 08:28 PM
National Forest in NC is under the Wildlife Resource Commission and considered Game Lands. As such, you are restricted to a .22lr with a barrel of <7.5" as a sidearm. Stupid, but true.

WNC Seabee
May 27, 2011, 08:30 PM
Here's the regulation:


http://www.ncwildlife.org/NewsArchives10/041410_Concealed_Carry_Permit_for_Firearms_Prompts_Questions.htm

BigWoolyBanjo
May 27, 2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks
I'm aware of the .22 rule
Just wondering if I can carry it open or not

WNC Seabee
May 27, 2011, 08:45 PM
Yup, open carry is good to go. You may freak out our higher than average population of hippies, but I've never had problem.

BigWoolyBanjo
May 27, 2011, 08:52 PM
Cool SeaBee
that's what I was figuring, but wanted to hear it from someone else.
Look out bears, I've got a big 'ole .22
haha

BigWoolyBanjo
May 27, 2011, 09:44 PM
So, while we're at it...
Hypothetically...
If a bear was shot in both eyes with a .22, do you think he'd make it hurt even worse when he killed you?

What's with this stupid "only carry a .22 pistol in bear country" law the NC National Forests have?

rhinoh
May 29, 2011, 05:21 AM
I'm a frequent visitor to NC both in and out of the National Forests.
This brings up a very interesting point- is it illegal to pass through a National Forest in NC while carrying or posessing firearms if one stays on public roads? Some of my National Forest travel is on a motorcycle which further complicates the rules about "not accessible" since its not like I have a trunk.
Obviously some major roads pass through them. Highly impractical to avoid them without going perhaps 50+ miles out of your way in some instances I can think of.
A lot of the "wildlife" rules perturb me, I am not a hunter, not opposed to it, just not for me, but like many I'm constantly presumed to be illegally hunting just by travelling through certain areas of the south while having weapons in the vehicle.:mad:

rhinoh
May 29, 2011, 05:29 AM
WNC Seabee-
Don't forget that whole screwy NC thing about "going armed to the terror of the people".
As I understand it open carry is ok unless a "bunch of hippies" freak out and say you scared them...

BigWoolyBanjo- I'd be much more worried about Coyotes or 2 legged creatures than black bears. Especially if one stumbled across a pot grower while exploring in the woods....

WNC Seabee
May 29, 2011, 07:02 AM
WNC Seabee-
Don't forget that whole screwy NC thing about "going armed to the terror of the people".
As I understand it open carry is ok unless a "bunch of hippies" freak out and say you scared them...

BigWoolyBanjo- I'd be much more worried about Coyotes or 2 legged creatures than black bears. Especially if one stumbled across a pot grower while exploring in the woods....

+1 on the pot growers.

Don't believe the hype on "going armed....". The actual application of that law requires one to actually be brandishing, the courts have made it clear that merely carrying does not apply.

rhinoh
May 29, 2011, 08:37 AM
Thats good to know. I'd still be leery of open carry most places...all it takes is one anti-gun nut to lie and say you did brandish....
I prefer concealed for partly that reason...what they don't know can be good for me.
Still wonder about passing through a NF with weapons though...as you probably know some areas you are in and out of the NF constantly as a road winds around.
I'm still concerned about the wildife laws...I have some land not too far east of your location. I've ALWAYS got a handgun on me and now that I've caught coyotes on my trail cams I'm starting to want to carry a long gun sometimes, especially when walking the dogs and after dark. As I understand it Mr. Unfriendly Game Warden can arrest me on my own land for illegal hunting just because I have a weapon that could be used for hunting, especially out of season.

Buck Snort
May 30, 2011, 08:33 PM
You guys in NC need a little education about dealing with aggressive bears. What you do is put'm in a headlock, cover the index finger of your free hand with saliva and then stick it into the bear's ear and give him the "wet Willy". About 99 times out of a hundred they'll run off shake'n their heads and bawling like a baby. Try that next time a bear attacks you. :p

Equestrian
May 30, 2011, 08:58 PM
yeah be careful about that whole armed to the terror thing its bad trouble and i had a friend get hassled for it over an airsoft gun. not good. so legal?, welll... sorta

BigWoolyBanjo
May 31, 2011, 07:01 PM
Hey Rhino,
I talked to a nice lady at the NC Wildlife Law Enforcement in Raleigh. NF Ranger gave me their #. I specifically asked about my defensive CCW pistol (which is larger than .22) . I asked what to do with it once I arrived in th NF. She said I could keep it in my vehicle, tent, or camper.

So, I'd think you're OK driving through the NF. Of course, I'm not real familiar with gun/motorcycle issues. I was asking her about my truck.

You can call'em at 919-707-00300

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