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Carrying a Concealed Weapon - Changes to the Law and the permitting process

The following changes are effective for offenses committed on or after July 1, 2015.

Weapons on School Grounds (G.S. 14-269.2(k) has now added an exemption (1) a person who has a handgun concealed on the person and the person remains in the locked vehicle and only unlocks the vehicle to allow entrance or exit of another person, or (2) the person is within a locked vehicle and removes the handgun from concealment only for the time reasonably necessary to move the handgun (i) from concealment on the person to a closed compartment or container within the vehicle, or (ii) from within a closed compartment or container within the vehicle to concealment on the person. This means that you can enter the school grounds with your concealed weapon and secure it in a closed container, like a glove box.

A defense is now allowed that the person was authorized to have a concealed weapon in a locked vehicle under this subsection and removed the handgun from the vehicle only in response to a situation in which deadly weapon is justified. So if you see, for example, an active shooting, you now have a defense.

Effective for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2015, the punishment for a person who has a concealed handgun permit and carries it on private premises when notice that concealed handgun is prohibited by sign or statement is now reduced from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a non-criminal infraction.

CCW Applications submitted on or after October 1, 2015, requires that the sheriff must provide the application form for a concealed handgun permit electronically, and the sheriff must not request employment information, character affidavits, additional background checks, photographs, or other information unless specifically permitted by law.

Applicable for permits issued on or after December 1, 2015, a provision is added that for determining an applicant's good moral character to receive a pistol permit, the sheriff shall only consider an applicant's conduct and criminal history for the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application.

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