Hi, folks. I'm new to posting on the forum although I've read a good bit. I've searched for a discussion on this and found nothing.
I have not owned firearms before, but I now do and have a CHL on the way from my home state which has reciprocity with NC. I'm about to leave my home here for my solidly liberal and presumably mostly anti-gun NC mountain neighborhood for the summer. The neighborhood roads are not public roads. They are owned by the neighborhood association. There are bears in the area, their scat is around, and they have been seen in my yard more than once. This year I have decided I would like to arm myself with a shotgun with slugs when we go for walks in the neighborhood. I've investigated a handgun that will reliably stop a bear and I'm afraid there's only one I would trust, the .454 casull, which I think might be too strong a recoil for me. Others have bought them and sold them immediately. So low-profile protection is out, at least for now.
In thinking (pessimistically) about neighbors' reactions to this, I imagined neighborhood opposition and attempts to prohibit my open carry. My first question is, since the streets are owned by the neighborhood association, could they legally prohibit open carry by amending the bylaws? How about concealed carry?
I sorta suspect they might be able to do both since it's private property, even though I own a piece of the land and a share of the roads. In this case I assume I would lose a majority vote on the subject. Could they do this and be on solid ground? (If they could I'll probably rethink the open carry part and wait for my CHL to arrive and do concealed carry below the neighborhood radar).
In either case, this situation brings up my second question. If I were walking armed in the neighborhood and came upon a neighbor (who might have opposed my carrying), and that neighbor were involved in some sort of distress (bear/assailant) would I have any LEGAL requirement (I'll deal with the moral part myself) to put myself in danger and use my firearms to assist/rescue that person? I believe a person should be responsible for the consequences of his decisions. Harsh maybe, but that's the way I feel.