SBRs Now Legal for Taking Wildlife in North Carolina – RALEIGH, NC – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced that the state now allows the use of short-barreled rifles while legally taking wildlife. A short-barreled rifle is defined by the N.C. General Assembly as “any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches.”
This statutory change is not reflected in the 2015-2016 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission before the legislation was passed on Aug. 5.
A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a short-barreled rifle, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a short-barreled rifle,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. “The Wildlife Commission does not have any involvement in the process to obtain a short-barreled rifle.”