North Carolina has significant room to improve its gun safety laws, earning a D on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. While the state requires universal background checks for handgun purchases, it fails to do the same for long guns. In 2017, North Carolina had the 23rd-highest gun death rate in the country and imported crime guns at the 7th-highest rate. Improvements North Carolina could make to its gun laws include funding community violence intervention programs and enacting an extreme risk protection order law.

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 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.