From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
-- The use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.
This change in hunting regulations has prompted an increase in crossbow sales. What has not changed are the requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina, reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403, http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_14/GS_14-402.html
State law requires anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff's office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit. Questions about obtaining pistol permits and issuance of concealed handgun permits should be directed to the local sheriff's department.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.