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The North Carolina Concealed Carry Law
Article 54B.


Concealed Handgun Permit.

14‑415.10. Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this Article:

(1) Carry a concealed handgun. � The term includes possession of a
concealed handgun.

(1a) Deployed or deployment. � Any military duty that removes a
military permittee from the permittee's county of residence during which
time the permittee's permit expires or will expire.

(2) Handgun. � A firearm that has a short stock and is designed to
be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

(2a) Military permittee. � A person who holds a permit who is also a
member of the armed forces of the United States, the armed forces reserves
of the United States, the North Carolina Army National Guard, or the North
Carolina Air National Guard.

(3) Permit. � A concealed handgun permit issued in accordance with
the provisions of this Article.

(3a) Proof of deployment. � A copy of the military permittee's
deployment orders or other written notification from the permittee's
command indicating the start and end date of deployment and that orders
the permittee to travel outside the permittee's county of residence.

(4) Qualified former sworn law enforcement officer. � An individual
who retired from service as a law enforcement officer with a local, State,
campus police, or company police agency in North Carolina, other than for
reasons of mental disability, who has been retired as a sworn law
enforcement officer two years or less from the date of the permit
application, and who satisfies all of the following:

a. Immediately before retirement, the individual was a qualified
law enforcement officer with a local, State, or company police agency in
North Carolina.

b. The individual has a nonforfeitable right to benefits under the
retirement plan of the local, State, or company police agency as a law
enforcement officer; or has 20 or more aggregate years of law enforcement
service and has retired from a company police agency that does not have a
retirement plan; or has 20 or more aggregate years of part‑time or
auxiliary law enforcement service.

c. The individual is not prohibited by State or federal law from
receiving a firearm.

(4a) Qualified retired law enforcement officer. � An individual who
meets all of the following qualifications:

a. Retired in good standing from service with a public agency
located in the United States as a law enforcement officer, other than for
reasons of mental instability.

b. Prior to retirement, was authorized by law to engage in or
supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or
the incarceration of, any person for any violation of law, and had
statutory powers of arrest.

c. Prior to retirement, was regularly employed as a law
enforcement officer for a total of 15 years or more, or retired after
completing probationary periods of service due to a
service‑connected disability, as determined by the agency.

d. Has a vested right to benefits under the retirement plan of the
agency.

(4b) Qualified retired probation or parole certified officer. � An
individual who retired from service as a State probation or parole
certified officer, other than for reasons of mental disability, who has
been retired as a probation or parole certified officer two years or less
from the date of the permit application and who meets all of the following
criteria:

a. Immediately before retirement, the individual met firearms
training standards of the Department of Correction and was authorized by
the Department of Correction to carry a handgun in the course of duty.

b. The individual retired in good standing and was never a subject
of a disciplinary action by the Department of Correction that would have
prevented the individual from carrying a handgun.

c. The individual has a vested right to benefits under the
Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System of North Carolina
established under Article 1 of Chapter 135 of the General Statutes.

d. The individual is not prohibited by State or federal law from
receiving a firearm.

(5) Qualified sworn law enforcement officer. � A law enforcement
officer employed by a local, State, campus police, or company police
agency in North Carolina who satisfies all of the following:

a. The individual is authorized by the agency to carry a handgun
in the course of duty.

b. The individual is not the subject of a disciplinary action by
the agency that prevents the carrying of a handgun.

c. The individual meets the requirements established by the agency
regarding handguns. (1995, c. 398, s. 1; 1997‑274, s. 2;
1997‑441, ss. 2, 3; 2005‑231, ss. 4, 5; 2005‑232, s. 1;
2007‑427, s. 1; 2009‑307, s. 2; 2010‑104, s. 1.)



14‑415.11. Permit to carry concealed handgun; scope of permit.

(a) Any person who has a concealed handgun permit may carry a
concealed handgun unless otherwise specifically prohibited by law. The
person shall carry the permit together with valid identification whenever
the person is carrying a concealed handgun, shall disclose to any law
enforcement officer that the person holds a valid permit and is carrying a
concealed handgun when approached or addressed by the officer, and shall
display both the permit and the proper identification upon the request of
a law enforcement officer. In addition to these requirements, a military
permittee whose permit has expired during deployment may carry a concealed
handgun during the 90 days following the end of deployment and before the
permit is renewed provided the permittee also displays proof of deployment
to any law enforcement officer.

(b) The sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun
to a person who qualifies for a permit under G.S. 14‑415.12. The
permit shall be valid throughout the State for a period of five years from
the date of issuance.

(c) A permit does not authorize a person to carry a concealed
handgun in the areas prohibited by G.S. 14‑269.2, 14‑269.3,
14‑269.4, and 14‑277.2, in an area prohibited by rule adopted
under G.S. 120‑32.1, in any area prohibited by 18 U.S.C. 922 or
any other federal law, in a law enforcement or correctional facility, in a
building housing only State or federal offices, in an office of the State
or federal government that is not located in a building exclusively
occupied by the State or federal government, a financial institution, or
on any other premises, except state‑owned rest areas or
state‑owned rest stops along the highways, where notice that
carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a conspicuous
notice or statement by the person in legal possession or control of the
premises. It shall be unlawful for a person, with or without a permit, to
carry a concealed handgun while consuming alcohol or at any time while the
person has remaining in his body any alcohol or in his blood a controlled
substance previously consumed, but a person does not violate this
condition if a controlled substance in his blood was lawfully obtained and
taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts.

(d) A person who is issued a permit shall notify the sheriff who
issued the permit of any change in the person's permanent address within
30 days after the change of address. If a permit is lost or destroyed, the
person to whom the permit was issued shall notify the sheriff who issued
the permit of the loss or destruction of the permit. A person may obtain a
duplicate permit by submitting to the sheriff a notarized statement that
the permit was lost or destroyed and paying the required duplicate permit
fee. (1995, c. 398, s. 1; c. 507, s. 22.1(c); c. 509, s. 135.3(e); 1997,
c. 238, s. 6; 2000‑140, s. 103; 2000‑191, s. 5;
2005‑232, s. 3.)



14‑415.12. Criteria to qualify for the issuance of a permit.

(a) The sheriff shall issue a permit to an applicant if the
applicant qualifies under the following criteria:

(1) The applicant is a citizen of the United States and has been a
resident of the State 30 days or longer immediately preceding the filing
of the application.

(2) The applicant is 21 years of age or older.

(3) The applicant does not suffer from a physical or mental
infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun.

(4) The applicant has successfully completed an approved firearms
safety and training course which involves the actual firing of handguns
and instruction in the laws of this State governing the carrying of a
concealed handgun and the use of deadly force. The North Carolina Criminal
Justice Education and Training Standards Commission shall prepare and
publish general guidelines for courses and qualifications of instructors
which would satisfy the requirements of this subdivision. An approved
course shall be any course which satisfies the requirements of this
subdivision and is certified or sponsored by:

a. The North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training
Standards Commission,

b. The National Rifle Association, or

c. A law enforcement agency, college, private or public
institution or organization, or firearms training school, taught by
instructors certified by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and
Training Standards Commission or the National Rifle Association.

Every instructor of an approved course shall file a copy of the firearms
course description, outline, and proof of certification annually, or upon
modification of the course if more frequently, with the North Carolina
Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

(5) The applicant is not disqualified under subsection (b) of this
section.

(b) The sheriff shall deny a permit to an applicant who:

(1) Is ineligible to own, possess, or receive a firearm under the
provisions of State or federal law.

(2) Is under indictment or against whom a finding of probable cause
exists for a felony.

(3) (Effective until February 1, 2011) Has been adjudicated guilty
in any court of a felony.

(3) (Effective February 1, 2011) Has been adjudicated guilty in any
court of a felony, unless: (i) the felony is an offense that pertains to
antitrust violations, unfair trade practices, or restraints of trade, or
(ii) the person's firearms rights have been restored pursuant to G.S.
14‑415.4.

(4) Is a fugitive from justice.

(5) Is an unlawful user of, or addicted to marijuana, alcohol, or
any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled
substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802.

(6) Is currently, or has been previously adjudicated by a court or
administratively determined by a governmental agency whose decisions are
subject to judicial review to be, lacking mental capacity or mentally ill.
Receipt of previous consultative services or outpatient treatment alone
shall not disqualify an applicant under this subdivision.

(7) Is or has been discharged from the armed forces under
conditions other than honorable.

(8) Is or has been adjudicated guilty of or received a prayer for
judgment continued or suspended sentence for one or more crimes of
violence constituting a misdemeanor, including but not limited to, a
violation of a misdemeanor under Article 8 of Chapter 14 of the General
Statutes, or a violation of a misdemeanor under G.S. 14‑225.2,
14‑226.1, 14‑258.1, 14‑269.2, 14‑269.3,
14‑269.4, 14‑269.6, 14‑276.1, 14‑277,
14‑277.1, 14‑277.2, 14‑277.3A, 14‑281.1,
14‑283, 14‑288.2, 14‑288.4(a)(1) or (2), 14‑288.6,
14‑288.9, 14‑288.12, 14‑288.13, 14‑288.14,
14‑318.2, 14‑415.21(b), 14‑415.26(d), or former G.S.
14‑277.3.

(9) Has had entry of a prayer for judgment continued for a criminal
offense which would disqualify the person from obtaining a concealed
handgun permit.

(10) Is free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal,
or sentencing for a crime which would disqualify him from obtaining a
concealed handgun permit.

(11) Has been convicted of an impaired driving offense under G.S.
20‑138.1, 20‑138.2, or 20‑138.3 within three years prior
to the date on which the application is submitted.

(c) An applicant shall not be ineligible to receive a concealed
carry permit under subdivision (6) of subsection (b) of this section
because of involuntary commitment to mental health services if the
individual's rights have been restored under G.S. 122C‑54.1. (1995,
c. 398, s. 1; c. 509, s. 135.3(d); 1997‑441, s. 4; 2007‑427,
s. 5; 2008‑210, s. 3(b); 2009‑58, s. 1; 2010‑108, s. 5.)



14‑415.12A. Firearms safety and training course exemption for
qualified sworn law enforcement officers and certain other persons.

(a) A person who is a qualified sworn law enforcement officer, a
qualified former sworn law enforcement officer, or a qualified retired
probation or parole certified officer is deemed to have satisfied the
requirement under G.S. 14‑415.12(a)(4) that an applicant
successfully complete an approved firearms safety and training course.

(b) A person who is licensed or registered by the North Carolina
Private Protective Services Board under Article 1 of Chapter 74C of the
General Statutes as an armed security guard, who also has a firearm
registration permit issued by the Board in compliance with G.S.
74C‑13, is deemed to have satisfied the requirement under G.S.
14‑415.12(a)(4) that an applicant successfully complete an approved
firearms safety and training course. (1997‑274, s. 1;
2005‑211, s. 2; 2010‑104, s. 2.)



14‑415.13. Application for a permit; fingerprints.

(a) A person shall apply to the sheriff of the county in which the
person resides to obtain a concealed handgun permit. The applicant shall
submit to the sheriff all of the following:

(1) An application, completed under oath, on a form provided by the
sheriff.

(2) A nonrefundable permit fee.

(3) A full set of fingerprints of the applicant administered by the
sheriff.

(4) An original certificate of completion of an approved course,
adopted and distributed by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education
and Training Standards Commission, signed by the certified instructor of
the course attesting to the successful completion of the course by the
applicant which shall verify that the applicant is competent with a
handgun and knowledgeable about the laws governing the carrying of a
concealed handgun and the use of deadly force.

(5) A release, in a form to be prescribed by the Administrative
Office of the Courts, that authorizes and requires disclosure to the
sheriff of any records concerning the mental health or capacity of the
applicant.

(b) The sheriff shall submit the fingerprints to the State Bureau
of Investigation for a records check of State and national databases. The
State Bureau of Investigation shall submit the fingerprints to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation as necessary. The sheriff shall determine the
criminal and background history of an applicant also by conducting a check
through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The
cost of processing the set of fingerprints shall be charged to an
applicant as provided by G.S. 14‑415.19. (1995, c. 398, s. 1; c.
507, ss. 22.2(a), 22.1(b); 2006‑39, s. 2.)



14‑415.14. Application form to be provided by sheriff;
information to be included in application form.

(a) The sheriff shall make permit applications readily available at
the office of the sheriff or at other public offices in the sheriff's
jurisdiction. The permit application shall be in triplicate, in a form to
be prescribed by the Administrative Office of the Courts, and shall
include the following information with regard to the applicant: name,
address, physical description, signature, date of birth, social security
number, military status, law enforcement status, and the drivers license
number or State identification card number of the applicant if used for
identification in applying for the permit.

(b) The permit application shall also contain a warning
substantially as follows:

"CAUTION: Federal law and State law on the possession of handguns and
firearms differ. If you are prohibited by federal law from possessing a
handgun or a firearm, you may be prosecuted in federal court. A State
permit is not a defense to a federal prosecution."

(c) Any person or entity who is presented by the applicant or by
the sheriff with an original or photocopied release form as described in
G.S. 14‑415.13(a)(5) shall promptly disclose to the sheriff any
records concerning the mental health or capacity of the applicant who
signed the form and authorized the release of the records. (1995, c. 398,
s. 1; 1997‑274, s. 3; 2000‑140, s. 103; 2000‑191, s. 3.)



14‑415.15. Issuance or denial of permit.

(a) Except as permitted under subsection (b) of this section,
within 90 days after receipt of the items listed in G.S. 14‑415.13
from an applicant, the sheriff shall either issue or deny the permit. The
sheriff may conduct any investigation necessary to determine the
qualification or competency of the person applying for the permit,
including record checks.

(b) Upon presentment to the sheriff of the items required under
G.S. 14‑415.13 (a)(1), (2), and (3), the sheriff may issue a
temporary permit for a period not to exceed 90 days to a person who the
sheriff reasonably believes is in an emergency situation that may
constitute a risk of safety to the person, the person's family or
property. The applicant may submit proof of a protective order issued
under G.S. 50B‑3 for the protection of the applicant as evidence of
an emergency situation. The temporary permit may not be renewed and may be
revoked by the sheriff without a hearing.

(c) A person's application for a permit shall be denied only if the
applicant fails to qualify under the criteria listed in this Article. If
the sheriff denies the application for a permit, the sheriff shall, within
90 days, notify the applicant in writing, stating the grounds for denial.
An applicant may appeal the denial, revocation, or nonrenewal of a permit
by petitioning a district court judge of the district in which the
application was filed. The determination by the court, on appeal, shall be
upon the facts, the law, and the reasonableness of the sheriff's refusal.
The determination by the court shall be final. (1995, c. 398, s. 1;
2005‑343, s. 1.)



14‑415.16. Renewal of permit.

(a) At least 45 days prior to the expiration date of a permit, the
sheriff of the county where the permit was issued shall send a written
notice to the permittee explaining that the permit is about to expire and
including information about the requirements for renewal of the permit.
The notice shall be sent by first class mail to the last known address of
the permittee. Failure to receive a renewal notice shall not relieve a
permittee of requirements imposed in this section for renewal of the
permit.

(b) The holder of a permit shall apply to renew the permit within
the 90‑day period prior to its expiration date by filing with the
sheriff of the county in which the person resides a renewal form provided
by the sheriff's office, a notarized affidavit stating that the permittee
remains qualified under the criteria provided in this Article, a newly
administered full set of the permittee's fingerprints, and a renewal fee.

(c) Upon receipt of the completed renewal application, including
the permittee's fingerprints, and the appropriate payment of fees, the
sheriff shall determine if the permittee remains qualified to hold a
permit in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 14‑415.12. The
permittee's criminal history shall be updated, and the sheriff may waive
the requirement of taking another firearms safety and training course. If
the permittee applies for a renewal of the permit within the 90‑day
period prior to its expiration date and if the permittee remains qualified
to have a permit under G.S. 14‑415.12, the sheriff shall renew the
permit. The permit of a permittee who complies with this section shall
remain valid beyond the expiration date of the permit until the permittee
either receives a renewal permit or is denied a renewal permit by the
sheriff.

(d) No fingerprints shall be required for a renewal permit if the
applicant's fingerprints were submitted to the State Bureau of
Investigation after June 30, 2001, on the Automated Fingerprint
Information System (AFIS) as prescribed by the State Bureau of
Investigation.

(e) If the permittee does not apply to renew the permit prior to
its expiration date, but does apply to renew the permit within 60 days
after the permit expires, the sheriff may waive the requirement of taking
another firearms safety and training course. This subsection does not
extend the expiration date of the permit. (1995, c. 398, s. 1; c. 507, s.
22.2(b); 2000‑140, s. 103; 2000‑191, s. 1; 2009‑307, s.
1.)



14‑415.16A. Permit extensions and renewals for deployed military
permittees.

(a) A deployed military permittee whose permit will expire during
the permittee's deployment, or the permittee's agent, may apply to the
sheriff for an extension of the military permittee's permit by providing
the sheriff with a copy of the permittee's proof of deployment. Upon
receipt of the proof, the sheriff shall extend the permit for a period to
end 90 days after the permittee's deployment is scheduled to end. A permit
that has been extended under this section shall be valid throughout the
State during the period of its extension.

(b) A military permittee's permit that is not extended under
subsection (a) of this section and that expires during deployment shall
remain valid during the deployment and for 90 days after the end of the
deployment as if the permit had not expired. The military permittee may
carry a concealed handgun during this period provided the permittee meets
all the requirements of G.S. 14‑415.11(a).

(c) A military permittee under subsection (a) or subsection (b) of
this section shall have 90 days after the end of the permittee's
deployment to renew the permit. In addition to the requirements of G.S.
14‑415.16, the permittee shall provide to the sheriff proof of
deployment. The sheriff shall renew the permit upon receipt of this
documentation provided the permittee otherwise remains qualified to hold a
concealed handgun permit. (2005‑232, s. 2.)



14‑415.17. Permit; sheriff to retain and make available to law
enforcement agencies a list of permittees.

The permit shall be in a certificate form, as prescribed by the
Administrative Office of the Courts, that is approximately the size of a
North Carolina drivers license. It shall bear the signature, name,
address, date of birth, and social security number of the permittee, and
the drivers license identification number used in applying for the permit.
The sheriff shall maintain a listing of those persons who are issued a
permit and any pertinent information regarding the issued permit. The
permit information shall be available upon request to all State and local
law enforcement agencies.

Within five days of the date a permit is issued, the sheriff shall send a
copy of the permit to the State Bureau of Investigation. The State Bureau
of Investigation shall make this information available to law enforcement
officers and clerks of court on a statewide system. (1995, c. 398, s. 1.)



14‑415.18. Revocation or suspension of permit.

(a) The sheriff of the county where the permit was issued or the
sheriff of the county where the person resides may revoke a permit
subsequent to a hearing for any of the following reasons:

(1) Fraud or intentional or material misrepresentation in the
obtaining of a permit.

(2) Misuse of a permit, including lending or giving a permit to
another person, duplicating a permit, or using a permit with the intent to
unlawfully cause harm to a person or property.

(3) The doing of an act or existence of a condition which would
have been grounds for the denial of the permit by the sheriff.

(4) The violation of any of the terms of this Article.

(5) The applicant is adjudicated guilty of or receives a prayer for
judgment continued for a crime which would have disqualified the applicant
from initially receiving a permit.

A permittee may appeal the revocation, or nonrenewal of a permit by
petitioning a district court judge of the district in which the applicant
resides. The determination by the court, on appeal, shall be upon the
facts, the law, and the reasonableness of the sheriff's refusal.

(b) The court may suspend a permit as part of and for the duration
of any orders permitted under Chapter 50B of the General Statutes. (1995,
c. 398, s. 1.)



14‑415.19. Fees.

(a) The permit fees assessed under this Article are payable to the
sheriff. The sheriff shall transmit the proceeds of these fees to the
county finance officer to be remitted or credited by the county finance
officer in accordance with the provisions of this section. Except as
otherwise provided by this section, the permit fees are as follows:



Application
fee.............................................................................
$80.00

Renewal
fee.................................................................................
$75.00

Duplicate permit
fee.....................................................................
$15.00



The county finance officer shall remit forty‑five dollars ($45.00)
of each new application fee and forty dollars ($40.00) of each renewal fee
assessed under this subsection to the North Carolina Department of Justice
for the costs of State and federal criminal record checks performed in
connection with processing applications and for the implementation of the
provisions of this Article. The remaining thirty‑five dollars
($35.00) of each application or renewal fee shall be used by the sheriff
to pay the costs of administering this Article and for other law
enforcement purposes. The county shall expend the restricted funds for
these purposes only.

(a1) The permit fees for a retired sworn law enforcement officer who
provides the information required by subdivisions (1) and (2) of this
subsection to the sheriff, in addition to any other information required
under this Article, are as follows:



Application
fee.............................................................................
$45.00

Renewal
fee.................................................................................
$40.00



(1) A copy of the officer's letter of retirement from either the
North Carolina Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System or the
North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System.

(2) Written documentation from the head of the agency where the
person was previously employed indicating that the person was neither
involuntarily terminated nor under administrative or criminal
investigation within six months of retirement.

The county finance officer shall remit the proceeds of the fees assessed
under this subsection to the North Carolina Department of Justice to cover
the cost of performing the State and federal criminal record checks
performed in connection with processing applications and for the
implementation of the provisions of this Article.

(b) An additional fee, not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00), shall be
collected by the sheriff from an applicant for a permit to pay for the
costs of processing the applicant's fingerprints, if fingerprints were
required to be taken. This fee shall be retained by the sheriff. (1995, c.
398, s. 1; c. 507, s. 22.1(a); 1997‑470, s. 1; 2000‑140, s.
103; 2000‑191, s. 2; 2003‑379, s. 1.)



14‑415.20. No liability of sheriff.

A sheriff who issues or refuses to issue a permit to carry a concealed
handgun under this Article shall not incur any civil or criminal liability
as the result of the performance of the sheriff's duties under this
Article. (1995, c. 398, s. 1.)



14‑415.21. Violations of this Article punishable as an infraction
and a Class 2 misdemeanor.

(a) A person who has been issued a valid permit who is found to be
carrying a concealed handgun without the permit in the person's possession
or who fails to disclose to any law enforcement officer that the person
holds a valid permit and is carrying a concealed handgun, as required by
G.S. 14‑415.11, shall be guilty of an infraction for the first
offense and shall be punished in accordance with G.S. 14‑3.1. In
lieu of paying a fine for the first offense, the person may surrender the
permit. Subsequent offenses for failing to carry a valid permit or for
failing to make the necessary disclosures to a law enforcement officer as
required by G.S. 14‑415.11 shall be punished in accordance with
subsection (b) of this section.

(b) A person who violates the provisions of this Article other than
as set forth in subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a Class 2
misdemeanor. (1995, c. 398, s. 1.)



14‑415.22. Construction of Article.

This Article shall not be construed to require a person who may carry a
concealed handgun under the provisions of G.S. 14‑269(b) to obtain a
concealed handgun permit. The provisions of this Article shall not apply
to a person who may lawfully carry a concealed weapon or handgun pursuant
to G.S. 14‑269(b). A person who may lawfully carry a concealed
weapon or handgun pursuant to G.S. 14‑269(b) shall not be prohibited
from carrying the concealed weapon or handgun on property on which a
notice is posted prohibiting the carrying of a concealed handgun, unless
otherwise prohibited by statute. (1995, c. 398, s. 1; 1997‑238, s.
5.)



14‑415.23. Statewide uniformity.

It is the intent of the General Assembly to prescribe a uniform system for
the regulation of legally carrying a concealed handgun. To insure
uniformity, no political subdivisions, boards, or agencies of the State
nor any county, city, municipality, municipal corporation, town, township,
village, nor any department or agency thereof, may enact ordinances,
rules, or regulations concerning legally carrying a concealed handgun. A
unit of local government may adopt an ordinance to permit the posting of a
prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun, in accordance with G.S.
14‑415.11(c), on local government buildings, their appurtenant
premises, and parks. (1995, c. 398, s. 1.)



14‑415.24. Reciprocity; out‑of‑state handgun permits.

(a) A valid concealed handgun permit or license issued by another
state is valid in North Carolina if that state grants the same right to
residents of North Carolina who have valid concealed handgun permits
issued pursuant to this Article in their possession while carrying
concealed weapons in that state.

(b) The Attorney General shall maintain a registry of states that
meet the requirements of this section on the North Carolina Criminal
Information Network and make the registry available to law enforcement
officers for investigative purposes.

(c) Every 12 months after the effective date of this subsection,
the Department of Justice shall make written inquiry of the concealed
handgun permitting authorities in each other state as to: (i) whether a
North Carolina resident may carry a concealed handgun in their state based
upon having a valid North Carolina concealed handgun permit and (ii)
whether a North Carolina resident may apply for a concealed handgun permit
in that state based upon having a valid North Carolina concealed handgun
permit. The Department of Justice shall attempt to secure from each state
permission for North Carolina residents who hold a valid North Carolina
concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun in that state,
either on the basis of the North Carolina permit or on the basis that the
North Carolina permit is sufficient to permit the issuance of a similar
license or permit by the other state. (2003‑199, s. 1.)



14‑415.25. Exemption from permit requirement.

Law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers
authorized by federal law to carry a concealed handgun pursuant to section
926B or 926C of Title 18 of the United States Code, who are in compliance
with the requirements of those sections, are exempt from obtaining the
permit described in G.S. 14‑415.11. (2007‑427, s. 3.)



14‑415.26. Certification of qualified retired law enforcement
officers.

(a) In lieu of obtaining a permit under this Article, a qualified
retired law enforcement officer may apply to the North Carolina Criminal
Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for certification. The
application shall include all of the following:

(1) Verification of completion of the firearms qualification
criteria established by the Commission.

(2) Photographic identification indicating retirement status issued
by the agency from which the applicant retired from service.

(3) Any other application information required by the Commission.

(b) The Commission shall include with the certification a notice of
the limitations applicable under federal or State law to the concealed
carry of firearms in this State. The failure to receive a notification
under this subsection shall not be a defense to any offense or violation
of applicable State or federal laws.

(b1) The Commission shall coordinate with local and State law
enforcement officers and with the community college system to provide
multiple firearms qualification sites throughout the State where a
qualified retired law enforcement officer may satisfy the firearms
qualification criteria required for certification under this section.

(c) The Commission shall not incur any civil or criminal liability
as the result of the performance of its duties under this section.

(d) It shall be unlawful for an applicant, or any person assisting
an applicant, to make a willful and intentional misrepresentation on any
form or application submitted to the Commission. A violation of this
subsection shall be a Class 2 misdemeanor, and shall result in the
immediate revocation of any certification issued by the Commission. A
person convicted under this subsection shall be ineligible for
certification under this section, or from obtaining a concealed carry
permit under State law.

(e) This section shall not exempt any individual engaged in the
private protective services profession in this State from fulfilling the
registration and training requirements in Chapter 74C of the General
Statutes. (2007‑427, s. 4; 2009‑546, s. 1.)

( Watch for changes Dec.1 2011 )

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