Documents in this page are related to guns and free blacks in antebellum North Carolina, listed in order by county, then by date
In North Carolina, free blacks were able to own guns as long as they were given a license by the county courts; However, the county courts could deny their right to bear arms as well as confiscate guns even if they had a license. State law changed in 1861 when the General Assembly of North Carolina passed a law forbidding free blacks from owning guns. The law of 1861 forbade county courts from issuing licenses to free blacks and violation of the law could mean a fine on the issuing county of at least $50.
The list below is in order by county, then surname: