Concealed Handguns Reciprocity
Since 1995, North Carolina has allowed qualifying residents of the state to obtain a permit
to carry a concealed handgun from the sheriff of the applicant’s home county. The permit is valid for five years unless it is revoked.
Please see our publication North Carolina Firearms Laws
for a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” for carrying a concealed handgun in North Carolina. This information is designed as a reference guide only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
Other States' Permits Honored Here
Effective December 1, 2011, North Carolina automatically recognizes concealed carry permits issued in any other state.
Out-of-state permit holders should familiarize themselves with North Carolina’s laws.
For example, in North Carolina, concealed handguns may not be carried:
- In law enforcement or correctional facilities such as a prison;
- In any space occupied by state or federal employees, including state and federal courthouses;
- In schools or on school grounds;
- In areas of assemblies, parades, funerals or demonstrations;
- In any place where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed (such as some restaurants);
- In any area where concealed handguns are prohibited by federal law;
- In any place of business that has posted a sign banning concealed weapons on its premises;
- By any person while consuming alcohol or while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substances (unless obtained legally and taken as directed by a physician).
To possess a concealed handgun in North Carolina, you must:
- Carry your permit and a valid form of identification with you at all times.
- Disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit when you are approached or addressed by any law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
- Inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun.
- Present both the permit and valid identification at the request of an officer
NOTE: You should not attempt to display either your weapon or your permit unless directed to by an officer.
Permits Honored in Other States
Permit holders should know that while they can legally carry a concealed handgun while visiting these states, they’re subject to the laws of the state they are visiting and are responsible for learning about those laws.
States with North Carolina Agreements
List Updated: 9-2-2012
||New Hampshire (resident permits only)
|| West Virginia
Law enforcement can contact our law enforcement liaison attorneys at the Department of Justice at (919) 716-6500 or by fax at (919) 716-6760.