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6/26/2020 4:11:00 PM
NCSA Responds to Questions Involving Carrying A Concealed Weapon & Wearing A Covid-19 Mask

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Questions have arisen about information circulating on social media regarding the ability of persons with a valid concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun while wearing a mask.

Senate Bill 704 Temporarily Authorizes Masks in
Public for Health & Safety Due to COVID-19

  • With the enactment in May, 2020 of Section 4 of Senate Bill 704, a person is now temporarily authorized to wear a mask in public and on private premises (such as in a shopping mall) for the “purpose of ensuring the physical health or safety of the wearer or others.”
  • The person wearing a mask for health or safety reasons must remove the mask upon the request of a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop (including at a checkpoint or roadblock) or criminal investigation.
  • This temporary authorization expires on August 1, 2020.
  • If the General Assembly does not extend this temporary provision of law, it will again be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to wear a mask in public (including those with a concealed handgun permit whether or not they are carrying a concealed handgun) unless one of the other exceptions described above applies.

Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam said, “Law enforcement personnel are not authorized to criminally enforce the Face Covering requirements of this Executive Order against individual workers, customers, or patrons. However, if a business or organization does not allow entry to a worker, customer, or patron because that person refuses to wear a Face Covering, and if that worker, customer, or patron enters the premises or refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement personnel may enforce the trespassing laws.” (N.C. Gen. Stat.§ 14-288.20A)



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