Gun Laws in North Carolina

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:

State of Gun Violence Factsheet

In 2017, North Carolina had the 23rd highest gun death rate among the states. North Carolina supplied crime guns to other states at slightly higher rate than the national average, but the state actually imports more crime guns than it exports. North Carolina imported crime guns at the 7th 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.