• We are now running on a new, and hopefully much-improved, server. In addition we are also on new forum software. Any move entails a lot of technical details and I suspect we will encounter a few issues as the new server goes live. Please be patient with us. It will be worth it! :) Please help by posting all issues here.
  • The forum will be down for about an hour this weekend for maintenance. I apologize for the inconvenience.
  • If you are having trouble seeing the forum then you may need to clear your browser's DNS cache. Click here for instructions on how to do that
  • Please review the Forum Rules frequently as we are constantly trying to improve the forum for our members and visitors.

What determines the legality of a OWB holster?


Sep 27, 2017
jacksonville, NC
What types of holsters are illegal for OWB? How much of the holster/gun must be visible? Is a inside the pants legal? Thanks in advance, I'm a new member of this forum.

OC for ME

Regular Member
Jan 6, 2010
White Oak Plantation
This question would be better placed in the NC forum.

As to your question, any holster is legal to the best of my knowledge. A string, as in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Eli Wallach character, may be legal in NC, but ill advised. Tucked in the back of your trousers is legal if CC is your preference.


Regular Member
Aug 22, 2013
here nc
welcome to the the forum?

to gain a bit of clarification to assist in discussion, why would you believe/feel any specific holster would be 'illegal' while carrying a firearm?

further, where did this tidbit of information, e.g.' LE, acquaintance, CHP instructor, another site, etc., which led to you believing/feeling any specific holster would be 'forbidden by law' in the state of NC?

are you concerned your holster might be 'illegal' when you open carry (OC) or when you conceal carry CC in the tarheel state?

again welcome