Can I legally purchase ammunition with a mental health hospitalization in north Carolina?

I was hospitalized recently can I legally purchase ammo in North Carolina?

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    Was the hospital a court ordered one or voluntarily?
    – hszmv
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 15:26

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North Carolina does not regulate ammunition sales, other than teflon-coated bullets. Federal law does however and under 18 USC 922(d)

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person... (4) has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution

On a related theme, NC law (G.S. 14-404(c)(4)) also prohibits issuing a firearms permit to

One who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent or has been committed to any mental institution.

Both laws refer to being committed to a mental institution, which is a legal process, thus simply being a resident in a hospital with mental issues does not qualify.

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