On June 17th, "AN ACT to provide when a person may use defensive force and to amend various laws regarding the right to own, possess, or carry a firearm in North Carolina." became law. S.L. 2011-268.
Castle Doctrine. The new law creates a presumption of fear of death in the home, including the curtilage, the workplace, or a car. Under existing law, a person cannot use deadly force unless there is a reasonable fear death. This law creates a new presumption that if you are in your home, workplace, or car and use defensive force against someone who has broken in, you had a reasonable fear of death. This doesn't apply if the person killed was a co-occupant, a legal custodian, a police officer, or running away, or if the shooter is committing other crimes in the house (think drug dealer).
Basically, if someone breaks into your house/car/office and you are in it, you can kill them. Not because it's OK to kill people for breaking into cars (e.g. you see someone breaking into your car, you can only use non-deadly force to stop them), but because the law now presumes that someone in that situation would reasonably fear that the person breaking into a house/car with them inside will use deadly force against them.
DA's and Guns. DA's, if they have a concealed gun permit, can carry their gun anywhere but court and places banned by federal law.
Minor's and Guns. Increases the penalty to Class 1 for a minor possession a handgun.
Restraining Orders. No longer requires persons with 50Bs against them (restraining orders) to give up ownership of guns. They just can possess or carry them while the 50B is valid.
Soliciting an Illegal Gun Sale. Creates the crime of soliciting, persuading, encouraging, or enticing a dealer or private seller to sell guns or ammunition in violation of the law, as a Class F Felony.
Expands Places You Can Carry a Handgun. OK at state parks, rest stops, and hunting preserves.
Reduces Punishment for Not Carrying Your Permit. Carrying a handgun, but forgot to carry your permit. This is now an infraction, rather than a Class 2 misdemeanor.