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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. 

While the state requires universal background checks for handgun purchases, it fails to do the same for long guns. In 2019, North Carolina had the 23rd-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at slightly lower than the national average rate. Improvements North Carolina could make to its gun laws include funding community violence intervention programs and enacting an extreme risk protection order law.

What North Carolina Does Well

  • Partial gun owner licensing
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Child access prevention laws
  • State database background checks for handguns

What North Carolina Is Missing

  • Universal background checks for long guns
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


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.