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North Carolina’s weak gun laws put its residents at risk. Lawmakers must do better to reduce gun violence in their state and save lives. 

In 2023, North Carolina repealed background checks and permits for handgun purchases. Before that occurred, in 2022, North Carolina had the twentieth highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 1,636 people die from gun violence in the state. That means someone dies from gun violence every 5 hours. Fifty-four percent of those deaths are gun suicides, and 42% are gun homicides. In North Carolina, the rate of gun deaths increased 38% from 2013 to 2022, compared to a 36% increase nationwide.

What North Carolina Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Some concealed carry permitting and safety training standards

What North Carolina Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Minimum age restrictions
  • Some domestic violence protections
  • Firearm relinquishment laws
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Open carry regulations
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.