Aggressive Gun Crime Defense Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Charlotte gun crime defense attorneys know that our progressive gun laws in North Carolina often lead to some confusion about who can carry a firearm, how they can carry it, and when firearms are prohibited entirely.

The reality is, that nearly all gun crimes in North Carolina are felonies, which can lead to severe penalties, including jail time, fines, and carrying restrictions going forward.

Our skilled gun crime defense lawyers in Mecklenburg County firmly believe that just because our clients have been charged with a crime does not mean they are guilty. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your criminal charges, so you can move forward with confidence.

What is the North Carolina Gun Laws?

North Carolina has progressive gun laws that allow for both open and concealed carry if the individual is at least 21 years old and has legal clearance and the proper permits to do so.

North Carolina gun permit applicants must go through a thorough background check to obtain purchase or concealed carry permit, which may be executed by the county sheriff’s office or the establishment where the purchase is taking place.

North Carolina residents may purchase a rifle or shotgun privately or from a dealer once they are 18 years old and do not require a permit or background check to do so.

North Carolina allows lawful gun owners to openly carry their firearms in public, if they are visible, except in off-limit areas, including government and law enforcement buildings, the state fair, school campuses, establishments serving alcohol, and businesses with “No Weapons” signs.

North Carolinians may also transport legally owned firearms in their vehicles, but they must be visible or stored in the trunk if the owner does not have a concealed carry license.

In North Carolina, it is illegal to keep a firearm hidden beneath your clothing, in the glove box, or concealed in any way without the proper concealed carry permit to do so.

Unfortunately, the legal lines are often blurred when a firearm is part of our client’s arrest — whether it occurs during a traffic stop or when they have been accused of using a gun during the commission of a crime.

Do not allow law enforcement to manipulate the North Carolina gun laws to fit the narrative of their arrest or to increase the charges against you.

Contact our skilled Charlotte Criminal defense attorneys today for help, so you can face the prosecutor’s office with confidence.

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What are the Most Common Types of North Carolina Gun Crime Offenses?

Getting charged with a gun crime in North Carolina can change your life. Most gun crimes are felonies in the Tar Heel State and can result in significant jail time, massive fines, and a felony charge on their permanent record going forward.

Some of the most common types of weapons charges in North Carolina include, but are not limited to:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in North Carolina may result from the individual who was charged with carrying a gun while:

  1. Underage
  2. Without the proper concealed carry permit
  3. Prohibited from possessing handguns due to a previous felony conviction, domestic violence conviction, or current restraining order
  4. Entering a prohibited space, including airports or municipal properties


  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

Willfully or wantonly discharging or attempting to discharge a firearm is a felony when it occurs:

  1. Within city limits
  2. From within a building, structure, or vehicle toward another person or group outside the enclosure
  3. As part of criminal gang activity


  • Larceny with a Firearm

If the stolen property involves the use of a firearm in North Carolina, regardless of the property’s value, the crime will be charged as a felony.

  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Assaulting another person with a deadly weapon — causing serious injuries — with or without the intent to kill will lead to felony charges, which will be assessed based on intent.

Minimum and maximum penalties for gun crimes in North Carolina may increase or decrease based on aggravating or mitigating factors in your case, the level of offense, and your criminal history.

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our skilled gun crimes lawyers in Charlotte will explain each aspect of your case in straightforward terms that allow you to make informed decisions about its direction and your future.

Contact Our Skilled Gun Crime Defense Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina Today

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Charlotte gun crime defense attorneys are here to listen to the details that led to your arrest and charges, so we can outline all potential legal strategies that will allow you to take back control of your life today.

Call us at 980-265-9724 today to discuss your case and get the help you need.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent clients through North and South Carolina and have convenient offices on both sides of the border to help provide the legal guidance and defense strategies our clients need to get their lives back.


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