Well specifically... what if I were encountered by a LEO? And what kind of stores are we talking about here? Can anyone legally walk into a Walmart, or Concord Mills Mall for example while open carrying?
As far as LEO, KNOW THE LAW!!!!!!!! Unfortunately there is no law in NC allowing OC. But there is no law making it illegal, it is legal by default. But the NC Supreme court has attached the right to OC to sec 30 of the NC Constitution, so I tell folks it is my constitutional right in NC. That's the way the NCSC sees it. So you need to know the circumstantial evidence so to speak.
Sec 30 of the NC Const allows the people to keep and bear arms.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONSTITUTION
State v Kerner interprets "bear arms" to mean that the state cannot restrict OC.
Now study the GS codes, particularly the 14 criminal codes section. Find the firearms laws and know them.
North Carolina General Assembly - General Statutes Table of Contents
Check here or at the city hall for any odd local ordinances you need to know.
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Have a few answers for the usual questions. Are you a cop? Is that real? You can carry a gun like that? Why do you carry a gun? As much as some folks may not like it you become a 2A ambassador when you OC. It's the entire gun communities reputation on the line with the person you are talking to. Learn as much as you can about why and how you can OC.
Where can you OC. Anywhere not prohibited by law. The CC scope of permit covers most of those spots with 2 exceptions. You can OC in a bank and you can OC with alcohol in your system. I neither condone nor encourage either, that's your decision. You can OC in any store. However, the store is private property and they can ask you to leave. If you do not you will be trespassing. The no CC signs do not apply to OC, however, I refuse to spend my money at those places anyway. Most malls have a no firearms policy. Most free standing big box store do not. I would be pretty certain that Concord Mills mall has a no firearms policy, but Bass Pro is OC friendly. They sent a memo to OCDO recently.
Check out the NC section of OCDO.
North Carolina - Stories From The States - OpenCarry.org - Discussion Forum
Anything else, just ask. i did a lot of research before deciding to strap a handgun on my hip. No problems so far. I have dealt with 2 troopers and 2 local LEO while OC'ing. It was a non issue. No problems from the public either.