Buncombe County's new mask requirements for employees and customers at retail and commercial buildings has some people wondering how they will impact people who carry concealed weapons.
“For those with conceal carry permits, does the law have an exemption for those carrying a firearm and wearing a mask?" one viewer asked I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk.
The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office said, “Nothing has changed for those with conceal carry permits.”
According to statements provided by the sheriff's office, "As always, if a person with a concealed carry has an interaction with a law enforcement officer, they are required by law to disclose that they are carrying concealed and have a permit. Hopefully, this will be a non-issue for everyone."
To see the NC General Statute that deals with the state's conceal carry law, click HERE.
While state general statutes prohibit someone from concealing their identity, Senate Bill 704 passed at the end of April, which provides funding for COVID-19 relief and also includes a provision that amends the previous statute to allow people to wear face coverings to protect their physical health or the safety of the wearer. You can find that information in section 4.3(a) when you look HERE. To see the state's previous order, click HERE.
According to local attorney Steven Lindsay, because carrying a firearm is your constitutional right, you should be able to wear a face covering and conceal carry.
You can submit your questions to Iteam@wlos.com. News 13's Jennifer Emert, Lauren Brigman and Karen Zatkulak will work to get an answer for you.