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Legal Information: North Carolina

State Gun Laws

Laws current as of December 22, 2023

If the abuser's right to possess a gun is taken away in a DVPO, what will happen to it?

The abuser must immediately surrender all firearms to the sheriff. If firearms cannot be surrendered at the time the DVPO is served, the abuser must surrender all firearms within 24 hours of service. The sheriff will store the firearms and other items or contract with a licensed dealer for this service. The sheriff can charge the abuser a reasonable storage fee.1

Failure to surrender all firearms and ammunition, or providing false information about the location of the firearms is a Class H felony.2

1 NCGS § 50B-3.1(d)
2 NCGS § 50B-3.1(j)