The same as it's legal (by means of not being illegal) to open carry on your person, it is legal to open carry in your car. If you get stopped, inform the officer of its location and pay very close attention to what he tells you. I have a leather paddle holster that fits snug between the e-brake handle and the passenger seat in my car, thats where I keep mine. Once you have a CHP, feel free to conceal it. Prior to that, keep it in plain view from the viewpoint of the officer looking into the driverside window.
NC doesn't make the distinction between a locked and unlocked container where the definition of concealed is concerned. As long as an occupant has access to it, it is considered concealed.
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