A new North Carolina law signed by Governor McCrory last week means big changes for gun owners. The law increases penalties for those committing crimes with a firearm, but also expands the locations where individuals can legally carry guns. North Carolinians that choose to carry a concealed weapon should become familiar with the new law in order to prevent any unnecessary weapons crimes.
The new law expands the number of places where a gun owner can legally carry a concealed firearm with a permit. Individuals will now be able to carry their firearm into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, parades, funerals, parks and schools. The individual must first have a concealed-carry permit. To get a permit one must be at least 21-years-old, pass mental and criminal background checks and also graduate from a handgun safety and use training course.
While the new law allows people with permits to carry a firearm into bars and restaurants, a person carrying a gun is not allowed to drink. Additionally, an individual may want to check with the management before bringing their gun into an establishment because bars and restaurants will be given the option to choose whether people can carry a gun or not. Several bars and restaurants have already notified the public they will continue to prohibit guns.
The new law also allows people with concealed-carry licenses to bring a handgun onto school property. This includes any school property, from elementary schools to university campuses, as long as the gun is kept in a closed compartment inside a locked vehicle. The new law becomes effective in October of this year.
Source: Star News Online, "Guns in bars will be legal, bust some won't permit them," Molly Parker, August 4, 2013