(a)        Any minor who willfully and intentionally possesses or carries a handgun is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(b)        This section does not apply:

(1)        To officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States when in discharge of their official duties or acting under orders requiring them to carry handguns.

(2)        To a minor who possesses a handgun for educational or recreational purposes while the minor is supervised by an adult who is present.

(3)        To an emancipated minor who possesses such handgun inside his or her residence.

(4)        To a minor who possesses a handgun while hunting or trapping outside the limits of an incorporated municipality if he has on his person written permission from a parent, guardian, or other person standing in loco parentis.

(c)        The following definitions apply in this section:

(1)        Handgun. – A firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be fired by the use of a single hand, or any combination of parts from which such a firearm can be assembled.

(2)        Minor. – Any person under 18 years of age. ?(1993, c. 259, s. 1; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 5; 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 597, s. 1; 2011-183, s. 9; 2011-268, s. 6.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 14-269.7

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • United States: shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3