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WRAL Investigates: Bypassing N.C.'s Concealed Carry Requirements

Posted April 21, 2015
Updated April 23, 2015

Gun control stories are sensitive. Some feel there are too many rules, others feel there aren’t enough, and both sides are extremely passionate about their beliefs.

WRAL Investigates was contacted by a certified gun instructor and member of the National Rifle Association who was concerned about people sidestepping North Carolina’s rigorous training to obtain a concealed carry permit. We’re talking no live-fire training, no details about North Carolina’s concealed carry laws and no explanation about when you can and can’t shoot as a homeowner or in self-defense.

WRAL Investigates the simple runaround to North Carolina law and why even the staunchest Second Amendment supporters feel the loophole needs to be closed before someone is injured or killed.


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  • Jamie Patrick Apr 22, 2015
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    I'm guessing this will be about the Va. non-resident concealed carry permit. Take an on-line course for $20, process the paperwork and you have a legal carry permit in NC due to reciprocity.

    I gave up offering my opinion on the situation; in another place, someone posted the link and info for obtaining the Va non-resident permit. Their statement of 'Why do I need to sit through a weekend course? I already know how to shoot a gun' prompted my response about learning the legal aspects of NC CC, etc.. and making the observation that, during interaction with NC LEOs, the LEOs may have some questions about why a NC resident has a Va non-resident permit instead of the NC permit.

    Anyway.. that's my guess.

  • Michael Jones Apr 22, 2015
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    Again, WRAL shows its anti 2nd amendment, anti self-defense bias.

  • Bob Owens Apr 22, 2015
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    It's amusing that WRAL thinks that the concealed carry permit requirements in NC are "rigorous." Don't get me wrong; the legal training is good information, but it is quickly forgotten in a high stress encounter, and the firearms certification is a complete joke requiring no competence at all.

    I say this as a firearms instructor in my own right, who has trained with some of the best in the nation.

    If some "instructors" are signing off on permits without students passing the course they should of course be exposed, fined, stripped of their certifications and possibly even jailed.

    But let's be honest about what the permitting system is: it's a way to generate revenue for the state and local sheriffs, and little more.

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