Before one can purchase a gun anywhere in North Carolina, he or she must first apply for a permit in the county he or she resides in, typically at the local sheriff’s office or at the county clerk of the superior court’s office. The gun permit falls into two categories: open gun and concealed gun. The first allows a person to buy and carry the gun in plain view, while the latter allows him or her to carry a gun discreetly.
However, even with a permit to carry a concealed gun, one can be charged with a violation – specifically with a Class 2 misdemeanor for the first offense – if he or she is found to have a gun in places where it is not allowed. Such places include public or private school properties, law enforcement or correctional facilities, financial institutions, and in parades, funeral processions, picket lines and demonstrations.
A Class 2 misdemeanor, while less severe than a Class I felony in North Carolina, still qualifies as a criminal offense. Those who are found guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor can face up to 60 days in jail. Those who find themselves embroiled in a case like this should seek the help of a Raleigh criminal attorney to get the legal assistance they need.