Actually the State Constitution is different than the US Constitution. Your's, as does NC's, states the "right of the people". Imagine how much clarity that would bring to the gun control fight if it were stated in the US Const. that way.
State of NC v Kerner.
He was arrested for openly carrying in Self defense after being assaulted. The link goes in to better details.
"The statute in this case, Public-Local Laws 1919, ch. 3172 is
especially objectionable in that it requires (sec. 2) that in order
to carry a pistol off his own premises, even openly, and for a
lawful purpose, the citizen must make application to the municipal
court, if a resident of a town; or to the Superior Court if not
residing in town, "describing the weapon and giving the time and -
purpose for which it may be carried off his premises, and must pay
to the clerk of the court the sum of $5 for each permit, and must
file a bond in the penalty of $500 that he will not carry the
weapon except as so authorized." In the case of a riot or mob
violence, or other emergency requiring the defense of public order,
this would place law-abiding citizens entirely at the mercy of the
lawless element. As a regulation, even, this is void because an
unreasonable regulation, and, besides, it would be void because for
all practical purposes it is a prohibition of the constitutional
right to bear arms. There would be no time or opportunity to get
such permit and to give such bonds on an emergency.
On this occasion, the defendant, threatened with violence, was
forced to abandon his property. He went to his place of business,
where he had the right to keep his pistol, "being on his own
premises," and returned with it unconcealed. He was acting in
self-defense of his person and in defense of his property. The
court below most properly adjudged, upon the special verdict, that
he was not guilty."
"This is, I think, the correct principle, and it appears to me
the constitutional privilege is infringed by the act, under which
the defendant is indicted, as it makes one guilty of a violation of
law, who carries a pistol off his own premises openly and for a
lawful purpose without a permit and he is required to pay $5 and to
give a bond in the sum of $500 before the permit can issue.
No provision is made for an emergency, and no exception in
favor of one who carries a pistol off his premises openly, in the
necessary defense of his person or property, when he has had no
opportunity to secure a permit.
STACY, J., concurs in this opinion."
NC Constitution Sec 30
Sec. 30. Militia and the right to bear arms.
[size=A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.][/size]