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:

In 2016, North Carolina had the 21st highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. North Carolina had the 25th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016—meaning that crime guns originally sold in North Carolina were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 25th highest rate among the states.

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.