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What is my responsibility to store my firearm(s)?

You are required by NC General Statute 14-315.1 "Storage of firearms to protect minors" to keep your firearm inaccessible or non-functional when minors may be in proximity.

So.....how does this affect your personal defense firearm? As usual, but now amplified, you must be very vigilant about who might have access to your firearm. Obviously, an unloaded and locked-up firearm does not lend itself to defensive scenarios.  We suggest that during awake hours, you keep your firearm with-in arms reach of yourself and out of arms reach of all others. We recommend carrying your defensive firearm on your person in a dependable and comfortable holster that completely covers the trigger.

During sleeping hours, keep your firearm outside of arms reach of your bed AND outside the reach of minors. This is to avoid "accidental mistaken assailant recognition" in that time between sleep and awake. The theory here is that if you have to leave your bed to retrieve your firearm, enough time passes to awaken you to cognizant thought. We recommend a dependable night stand safe that is bolted and firmly secured to your nightstand. There are many models to choose from. Consider a model that utilizes a bracelet style FOB which allows easy access by the wearer only. Under stress and adrenanline dump in the body, fine motor skills and memory will be diminished.


Please give your storage options serious consideration and consult a trusted and knowledgeable person for advice.

14‑315.1.  Storage of firearms to protect minors.

(a)       Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:

(1)       Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14‑269.2(b);

(2)       Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;

(3)       Causes personal injury or death with it not in self defense; or

(4)       Uses it in the commission of a crime.

(b)       Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from carrying a firearm on his or her body, or placed in such close proximity that it can be used as easily and quickly as if carried on the body.

(c)       This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.

(d)       "Minor" as used in this section means a person under 18 years of age who is not emancipated. (1993, c. 558, s. 2; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 11.)

14‑269.2.  Weapons on campus or other educational property.

(b)       It shall be a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who willfully discharges a firearm of any kind on educational property is guilty of a Class F felony. However, this subsection does not apply to a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol.

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