New Firearms Rights Laws in Effect Oct. 1 for North Carolina

Carry on, North Carolina

By Kelly Twedell

As a whole, North Carolina is a gun toting state and the new laws surrounding firearms passed by the General Assembly take effect on Oct. 1.

House Bill 937 relating to guns, changes the rules for carrying and also restrictions across the state. The sweeping change means that the bill greatly increases the territory for those with concealed handgun permits allowing them to carry guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. However, if you carry, you are prohibited from consuming alcohol.

Also included in the new carrying laws is the measure allowing concealed handgun permit carriers to carry firearms onto college and public school campuses if they remain locked in a vehicle.

Another measure of House Bill 937 places more restrictions on when sheriffs can reject a pistol purchase permit removing the pistol and handgun permit holders purchase from public view.

Times have changed since Johnny Cash's single was released in 1958, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town". How do you feel about these new laws? Tell us in the comments below.
Harnett Hawkdriver October 01, 2013 at 09:58 AM
What an awesome day for States Rights!!! Concealed carriers should take note as they enter their favorite restaurants. Many who are under educated about the new laws will be posting prohibitive signs. Signs must be in "conspicuous places" and meet the North Carolina General Statutes unless the proprietor specifically asks you not to carry on his property. If you find a newly posted establishment report them to: http://www.grnc.org/find-posted-restaurants and an informed member of their staff will contact the owner and attempt to make them understand the laws and encourage them to change their mind. If not they will be listed on the "high Risk" database for you to decide weather you should support them financially in their ignorance of the 2nd Amendment and NC Laws.
Pete October 01, 2013 at 01:04 PM
WHY would you enter a bar if you weren't going to drink alcohol? DUH ! Assholes, alcohol and guns don't mix well! Typical North Carolina mentality !
TB Player October 01, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Now, track the true statistics. Let's see if crime in bars goes up or down as a result of American being granted their full Rights under the Constitution. Does it turn into, what the whiny Liberals claim, "The Wild West".... or does violence, robberies, and theft diminish as a result.... Only time will tell....
Harnett Hawkdriver October 01, 2013 at 03:08 PM
No need for vulgarity Pete. A restaurant and a bar are two different things and in case my mentality exceeds your understanding we are talking about people who are trained and obey the laws and can walk into a bar and not drink. That person may just your designated driver.
alpha2omega47 October 01, 2013 at 06:45 PM
In reference to Pete's comment: I don't see what is meant by "typical North Carolina mentality" first of all; but anyway first of all ~ most Concealed Carry Licensees should be considered to be reasonable and responsible; regardless of what state they are from. If they take the time to apply for a CHL and pass the background check ~ they usually don't want to lose it. The law is primarily designed to allow a CHL holder to go to a restaurant and have a meal with his family or a friend. There have been a few instances where bad crimes have happened in restaurants and the CHL holder's pistol had to stay in the car and a crazy gunman shoots about a dozen or more people. We are in weird times and the more CHL holders that are around me the better.
Kelly Twedell October 01, 2013 at 08:06 PM
There will always be naysayers. This is a victory for our state and I don't foresee crime increasing over this.
Steve Inman October 01, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I dine at a lot of restaurants that serve alcohol, but that doesn't mean I'm consuming alcohol.
alpha2omega47 October 01, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I'm sure that most people with a CHL understand that in most states if you have any alcohol or illegal drug in your system and you are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or a drug and you are tested and indeed do have alcohol in your system or smell like weed ~ your cookies are done and you can kiss your CHL good-bye. And it's a no brainer that if you have to use a weapon that you will likely be drug and alcohol tested right? I've had a North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota CHL and in Minnesota they allow you to have up to .01 alcohol because they (being more liberal) say that they allow that for one to have dinner and a beer or a glass of wine ~ but I wouldn't do that even if I could.
Kelly Twedell October 01, 2013 at 11:07 PM
We are in a military community. I feel that guns of all types are in capable hands.
Jamie Pearce November 02, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I applaud the new NC Concealed Carry Laws which allow more freedom for people who are responsible with firearms unlike those who illegally misuse firearms…taking freedom away from others by force.


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