Wearing a mask while carrying a concealed handgun with a valid concealed handgun permit

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CARTERET COUNTY, NC There have been many questions from a number of Carteret County Concealed Carry Permit holders asking if they will be arrested for wearing a mask/facial covering while lawfully carrying a concealed handgun in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NC Law has added an addendum under NCGS 14-12.11(a)(6) that makes lawful any person to wear a mask for the purpose of ensuring the physical health or safety of the wearer or others.

Concealed Carry Permittees may wear a mask/facial covering for this purpose while continuing to lawfully carry a concealed handgun. Permit holders should continue to identify themselves and present their Concealed Carry Permit and Picture ID to law enforcement during any interaction and remove their mask/facial coverings for the purpose of identification if asked to do so by the law enforcement officer during their interaction. All other laws/restrictions pertaining to the lawful carrying of concealed handguns remain the same.

We would like to assure you the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office has no intention of arresting or citing any individual who has a concealed carry permit and is legally carrying a firearm while wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This change in the law is valid until August 1st, although it may be revisited and extended by the legislature. ###