Hypothetically speaking, a "friend" of mine is going camping with his wife, friend and his wife this weekend. "He" is planning on going up towards Graveyard Fields which is on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. "They" don't like the idea of going out into the middle of nowhere without protection. "He" is planning on taking his .40 cal pistol buried deep in his pack for obvious reasons. What exactly are the statutes regarding carrying this pistol, what could be the possible outcome if pulled over for a traffic stop and what could happen if the park ranger just happens to walk up and ask to search "their" belongings? Is my "friend" completely stupid for even thinking of this or what? No offense, but I don't want opinions on what the law SHOULD be, but actual possibility based answers. Thanks in advance to any and all responses.