Weapons charges in North Carolina
Though people have the right to bear arms in the United States according to the U.S. Constitution, there are limits to this right, and those limits are state specific. There are several possible instances where you can be charged with some sort of weapons charge in North Carolina, including carrying a concealed weapon or possession of a firearm by felon.
Criminal defense lawyers have the skills and knowledge necessary to handle weapons charges as well as other violations of criminal law. If you have a weapons charge, contact a criminal defense lawyer right away. Depending on the charge and the facts and circumstances surrounding the charge, weapons charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies.
Carrying a Concealed Weapon – Probably the most common weapons charge and the least serious is carrying a concealed weapon (CCW). CCW is governed by North Carolina General Statute § 14-269
- According to this statute, “It shall be unlawful for any person willfully and intentionally to carry concealed about his or her person any bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung shot, loaded cane, metallic knuckles, razor, shuriken, stun gun, or other deadly weapon of like kind.”
- With regard specifically to a concealed handgun, a permit is required, and the individual must be carrying the handgun within the scope of the permit.
- An exception applies when a person is carrying a concealed weapon on their own premises.
- Violation of this statute is Punished as Class 2 misdemeanor.
Possession of a firearm by felon – It is against the law for a convicted felon to possess or purchase a gun in North Carolina. This law is governed by North Carolina General Statute 14-415.1
- This statute includes; any firearm or any weapon of mass death and destruction, any weapon, including a starter gun which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, or its frame or receiver, or any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
- Violation of this statute is punished as Class G felony.
To learn about the NC criminal charge of discharging a firearm into occupied property, check out our blog here.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
For information on misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, check out our blog here.
For information on felony assault with a deadly weapon, check out our blog here.
These are just two examples of weapons charges in North Carolina. Weapons charges can be very serious and lead to some very serious consequences. Gilles Law has Charlotte Criminal Defense lawyers that handles these and other criminal cases. Contact us for any criminal defense needs.