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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. This is
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
would suggest that during awake hours of the day, that you keep your
firearm with-in arms reach of yourself and out of arms reach of all
others. THIS WILL REQUIRE VIGILANCE. During sleeping hours, keep your
firearm outside of arms reach of your bed AND outside the reach of
minors. This 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! Another thought here, in the case of
semi-automatic pistols would be to store the magazine separately from
the empty firearm. You should practice enough to be competent when
loading a magazine and chambering a round that this is a quick
operation. Again, one or the other, or both must be out of reach of
If you cannot tell....the only ABSOLUTE here is
your responsibility. Please give it some thought or consult a trusted
and knowledgeable person for advice.
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
(1) Possesses it
in violation of
(2) Exhibits it
in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening
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
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
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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