This is a discussion on NC open carry change within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; OK this is one of those stay with me. My wife told me --- a friend of hers told her --- that a cop told ...
OK this is one of those stay with me.
My wife told me --- a friend of hers told her --- that a cop told him
that a weapon that has more than 50% of it covered by a holster is considered concealed in NC/Hoke County/or something.
I've checked everywhere I can right now and found nothing.
That's my next step once I get my 1911 put back together.
BTW I stole a copy of your avatar.
PM me and I'll email you the other one. if you want.
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Cumberland county resident here too. From what I was taught, the gun is either concealed or not. If even the magazine baseplate is exposed, then you are considered open-carrying. It's either entirely concealed/covered or you are open-carrying. Best bet would be to check with LE. however if this is true, I can't see police measuring how much of the weapon is covered to determine if you are concealed or open carrying.
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So far as I am able to determine, as someone that enforces NC laws, there is no "amount" of exposure that determines open or concealed carry. The concealed weapons statute (GS 14-269) makes no mention of such, and I'm not aware of any case law with respect to a percentage of exposure required.
The rule of thumb I follow, and everyone else I work with seems to, is this: If I can tell its a weapon by virtue of the part of it I can see, its open carry. If it is covered in such a manner as to make it impossible to tell its a weapon, its concealed.
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I think Landric's point (since I know he doesn't opine on legal issue unless he has had direct exposure to the issue - which usually means consutlation with higher ups in his department or DA's) is that if someone can see enough of a gun to know that it is a gun, then by definition it is NOT concealed.
Since there is, in fact statutory or case law on what consitutes "concealed" in North Carolina (whether an gun is concealed is a fact for the jury to decide, according to the AG's pamphlet on NC firearms laws), and since we all know that common sense and plain language meanings do not always win the day, I for one, appreciate when an LEO on one of these boards offers up what their understanding of a law is, if for no other reasons than at least I know what the perception is out there.
Now, if you don't want to take an LEO's word, fine, - I certainly wouldn't go ask a cop on the street a legal question, but if someone on this board offers their thoughts on something, and offers why they might have reason to know, I think it is a little rude to disparage their input.
Well, LE will be the one making the charge. It is great to hear how they make their determination.
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