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.

  • Handgun licensing with background check

  • Universal background checks for long guns

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit