new to OC and have a question

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    new to OC and have a question

    i live in NC and have been told that i can open carry as long as there isn't a no weapons sign on the door. is that true, and what are the stipulations?


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    Don't have specific knowledge of NC OC laws, however if you check this link, you should be able to find the info your looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daltonc View Post
    i live in NC and have been told that i can open carry as long as there isn't a no weapons sign on the door. is that true, and what are the stipulations?
    Please don't take anyone's word for it here. You should contact your authorities on your own. After all, you'll be the one going to jail if they're wrong. Start with your states criminal statutes or the state police.
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    I'd say go with the state statutes first as many LEOs aren't aware of all the laws. After all, there're a lot of laws. Most "authorities" only know what they've been "told." Any word of mouth in reference to "legal" from other than a really good lawyer is questionable to me until I see the statute in black & white. It's interesting to actually read them and see just how ignorant many of those who should know are, instructors, LEOs alike.
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    There are no state statutes in NC that forbid open carry. That being said there are some cities and towns that have local ordinances that prohibit open carry on public property in their jurisdiction. As to the stipulations, you have to be old enough to have a handgun in your possession, and you can not use it as a threat in anyway. You should know the laws of NC and their statutes on the use of deadly force and also their firearms laws on where you can and can't carry open.

    I'd say the biggest stipulation on open carry is that you present yourself in a good manor and be able to react to non tactful questions in a tactful manor. As an open carrier, you are placing yourself in the role of ambassador for gun owners whether you intended to do that or not. Remember that what ever you impart to a non gun person will have a direct affect on how they perceive ALL gun owners.

    I always try to remember that during an encounter with a non gun person you have two possible outcomes, the first possible outcome is to add support to their belief that guns are bad since they got a terse or defensive answer from you, OR they could believe that maybe there is some good to carrying a firearm because they got an informative, friendly, and polite answer to their questions.

    You stand a good chance of winning a new range buddy if you promote gun ownership in a polite and educational way and that's a win in everyone's book.
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    That's kind of an open ended and very broad question there. I used to have a simple answer but that kind of changed last year. You can OC most places you can CC EXCEPT state parks and some of the city/county parks. Conversely, you pretty much cannot OC anywhere you cannot CC.

    Now, you need to figure out where those places are and know them.

    Here is the NC OC flyer that was developed over at the NC page of OCDO. It's worth a look and will point you to some of the statutes about where you cannot carry. It was revised in August of this year.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9Sb...cm8/edit?pli=1


    And the NC OCDO page.

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    If you want to look at the actual statutes, and you should, you can find them here. Most of the firearms laws are in Chapter 14-criminal law. But some are also in the city and county areas.

    North Carolina General Assembly - General Statutes Table of Contents

    If you want to look for local ordinances try here on the NC page.

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    I have not heard of any additional restrictions on OC in place in the Statesville area. However, it's your time and money so it's your responsibility to be sure. FWIW, I've been OC'ing around the Hickory area for a few years with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    There are no state statutes in NC that forbid open carry. That being said there are some cities and towns that have local ordinances that prohibit open carry on public property in their jurisdiction. As to the stipulations, you have to be old enough to have a handgun in your possession, and you can not use it as a threat in anyway. You should know the laws of NC and their statutes on the use of deadly force and also their firearms laws on where you can and can't carry open.

    I'd say the biggest stipulation on open carry is that you present yourself in a good manor and be able to react to non tactful questions in a tactful manor. As an open carrier, you are placing yourself in the role of ambassador for gun owners whether you intended to do that or not. Remember that what ever you impart to a non gun person will have a direct affect on how they perceive ALL gun owners.

    I always try to remember that during an encounter with a non gun person you have two possible outcomes, the first possible outcome is to add support to their belief that guns are bad since they got a terse or defensive answer from you, OR they could believe that maybe there is some good to carrying a firearm because they got an informative, friendly, and polite answer to their questions.

    You stand a good chance of winning a new range buddy if you promote gun ownership in a polite and educational way and that's a win in everyone's book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    There are no state statutes in NC that forbid open carry. That being said there are some cities and towns that have local ordinances that prohibit open carry on public property in their jurisdiction. As to the stipulations, you have to be old enough to have a handgun in your possession, and you can not use it as a threat in anyway. You should know the laws of NC and their statutes on the use of deadly force and also their firearms laws on where you can and can't carry open.

    I'd say the biggest stipulation on open carry is that you present yourself in a good manor and be able to react to non tactful questions in a tactful manor. As an open carrier, you are placing yourself in the role of ambassador for gun owners whether you intended to do that or not. Remember that what ever you impart to a non gun person will have a direct affect on how they perceive ALL gun owners.

    I always try to remember that during an encounter with a non gun person you have two possible outcomes, the first possible outcome is to add support to their belief that guns are bad since they got a terse or defensive answer from you, OR they could believe that maybe there is some good to carrying a firearm because they got an informative, friendly, and polite answer to their questions.

    You stand a good chance of winning a new range buddy if you promote gun ownership in a polite and educational way and that's a win in everyone's book.
    Terrific post. I couldn't agree more.

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    I also live in N.C. but do not open carry even tho it is legal. Folks in the area where I live (Triad area) would probably get all hyper and spaz out if they saw someone OC. There are tho a couple of places where I get gas that I will uncover my weapon at the pumps.
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