The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right of all Americans to bear arms. However, the government may limit that right. While these laws are designed to prevent the misuse of weapons, occasionally a law abiding citizen may face criminal charges for simply trying to protect his or her family or for exercising his Constitutional right to bear arms.

Any conviction for a firearm offense can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including possible imprisonment, heavy fines, and a criminal record, and a possible ban on your right to bear arms.

Because of the potentially severe consequences associated with a criminal conviction for a weapons offense, it is important to have a skilled attorney fighting for your rights in court. The criminal defense attorneys at Guirguis Law are strong supporters of American’s Second Amendment rights and helps their clients navigate the ever changing world of weapons regulations, ensuring that clients do not face criminal charges for simply exercising their constitutional right to bear arms.

If you are charged with a weapons offense, call Guirguis Law, PA immediately to set up a free consultation at 919-832-0500

Some of the various weapon offenses in North Carolina include:

  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without Permit– it is illegal for any person to willfully and intentionally carry any concealed bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung shot, loaded cane, metallic knuckles, razor, shuriken, stun gun, or other deadly weapon of like kind. This is a Class 2 misdemeanor, but a second offense in which the weapon is any pistol or gun is a Class I felony.
  • Possession of Firearm by a Felon– it is illegal for any person who has been convicted of a felony to purchase, own, possess, or have in his or her custody, care, or control any firearm. This is a Class G felony.
  • Carrying Weapons Into Assemblies and Establishments Where Alcoholic Beverages Are Sold and Consumed– This is a Class 1 misdemeanor
  • Alteration, Destruction, or Removal of Serial Number from Firearm; Possession of Firearm with Serial Number Removed– This is a Class H felony
  • Purchase or Possession of Firearms by Person Subject to Domestic Violence Order Prohibited– This is a Class H felony.
  • Robbery with Firearms or Other Dangerous Weapons– This is a Class D felony
  • Discharging a Firearm from within an Enclosure– This is a Class E felony
  • Discharge Firearm within Enclosure to Incite Fear– This is a Class F
  • Assault with a Firearm on a Law Enforcement, Probation, or Parole Officer or on a Person Employed at a State or Local Detention Facility– This is a Class E felony
  • Assault with a Firearm or Other Deadly Weapon Upon Governmental Officers or Employees, Company Police Officers, or Campus Police Officers– This is a Class F felony
  • Solicit Unlawful Purchase of Firearm; Unlawful to Provide Materially False Information Regarding Legality of Firearm or Ammunition Transfer– This is a Class F felony
  • Weapons on Campus or Other Educational Property
    • It is a Class I felony for any person knowingly to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property. It is a Class F felony for any person to willfully discharge a firearm on educational property. It is a Class G felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any explosive on educational property.
    • It is a Class I felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property. It is a Class G felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive on educational property.
    • It is a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, or to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slungshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.
  • Selling or giving weapons to minors– Under North Carolina law, the sale of weapons other than handguns to a minor is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The sale of handguns is a Class H felony.