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North Carolina Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

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By    |   Friday, 26 Dec 2014 03:46 PM

As compared to a majority of the nation as well as some neighboring states, North Carolina takes a less restrictive stance towards gun laws, though the state requires a permit to purchase and carry handguns.

Here’s a look at what gun laws look like in neighboring states based on information gathered by the National Rifle Association of America's Institute of Legislative Action.

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Residents in South Carolina are required to have a permit to carry a handgun, but they are not so required to purchase — unlike their neighbors to the north. No state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. Any resident who may lawfully purchase and receive delivery of a rifle or shotgun in South Carolina may purchase a rifle or shotgun in a contiguous state from a federally firearms licensee (FFL), provided that the sale meets all federal requirements. It is unlawful to carry a firearm onto school property (not including roads which are open to public traffic) or into any publicly owned building without express permission.

Like South Carolina, residents in Tennessee are only required to have a permit to carry handguns. In addition, under a new gun law which took effect July 1, Tennessee gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun-carry permit.

Virginia gun laws are more stringent than North Carolina’s. Residents must undergo a background check prior to purchasing any firearm, except for an antique. If a buyer or transferee is denied the right to purchase a firearm, he has the right to review of the information within 30 days of the denial. A licensed firearm dealer shall not deliver a rifle or shotgun to a nonresident until an approval report is received from the state police or 10 days have gone by, whichever comes first. No state permit is required to otherwise purchase or possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun. Virginia residents may purchase firearms from any licensed federal firearms ficensee, even if they are out of state.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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