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Defending The Flock | North Carolina

Hi, Mark Edwards here. This month, I’ll address the rights of gun owners to carry firearms in places of worship. Over the past several years, there have been many high-profile shootings of members in their place of worship.

Legal or Illegal?

So the question arises, can a person legally carry a firearm into a place of worship?

North Carolina law does not prohibit the possession of a firearm in a place of worship, so it is not per se illegal to do so. However, if the place of worship has placed a conspicuous notice banning the possession of firearms on its property, it IS illegal.

Schools on Church Property

Another way that possession of a firearm on church property could be illegal is if the church has a school on its property. An argument can be made that if the building where the school is located is separate from the sanctuary, it would not be illegal to possess a firearm in the sanctuary. But, if the school is located in the same building as the sanctuary, the issue becomes clouded and my advice would be not to possess a firearm in that situation.

For any questions about the possession of a firearm at a place of worship, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney today.

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