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Remember: Weapons and alcohol don’t mix

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Not many people think twice before walking into a bar. However, alcohol plays a significant role in various types of crimes each year. This is partly because alcohol is strictly regulated. The other part is usually because the effects of alcohol can increase the risk of criminal activity.

Both of these reasons influence why individuals should avoid possessing a firearm in the same area where they might be consuming alcohol.

For one, it is illegal

In North Carolina, it is against the law to carry a firearm or weapon on the same premises where alcohol is sold. This could include:

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Liquor stores
  • Festivals or concerts

A violation of this law is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This is one of the most severe classes, just under the Class A1 misdemeanor. Individuals could face up to 120 days in jail and a potentially hefty fine.

What if you have a conceal and carry permit?

The answer to this question depends heavily on the situation. If someone with a permit to legally carry a firearm goes to a restaurant that has no sign forbidding guns, then it is not a violation of the law.

However, if the establishment or event specifically bans guns on the premises, then even individuals with a permit still cannot carry a firearm there. They will face the same penalties as an armed individual who does not have a permit. It is critical for individuals holding permits to understand the laws and the rules surrounding concealed handguns.

Additionally, it always bears repeating that a criminal record can have a significant effect on one’s future. If an individual does face criminal charges in this type of situation, it could result in serious penalties and jeopardize their ability to own a firearm in the future.

Alcohol simply increases the risk individuals face

It is no secret that consuming alcohol impairs one’s judgment. That alone could increase the risk of individuals facing additional criminal charges as well, including assault charges. The presence of a weapon could be an aggravating factor that puts individuals even more at risk.

Not many people might notice a concealed weapon. Even so, mixing weapons and alcohol can put individuals in a tough situation.