Handgun Rights and the Three-year Misdemeanor Rule

Are you afraid that you’ll never be able to obtain a concealed carry handgun permit due to past misdemeanor criminal charges? You as an individual should most especially be aware of YOUR handgun rights.

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As of July 1, 2015 after 3 years have passed in North Carolina, a person found guilty of or who has received a prayer for judgment as either a continued or a suspended sentence for a specific crime can apply and receive a concealed handgun permit if they meet all other qualifications.

The list of crimes includes those of simple assault; violation of court orders; controlled substances, deadly weapons, violations for ordinances, and a variety of other crimes.

As of July 1, 2015 concealed handgun permit applicants are permanently disqualified from receiving a concealed handgun permit if found guilty or have received a prayer for judgment as either a continued or suspended sentence for specific misdemeanor crimes. The list of crimes includes those involving violence and crimes with weapons; assaults, stalking; child abuse; domestic violence and a long list of other crimes

If three years have passed and you would like to know if you meet the list of qualifications  required to become a concealed carry handgun permit holder in North Carolina, check out NC Firearms Firearm Laws published by the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Hoplophobia – Irrational fear of Firearms

Hoplophobia - Irrational Fear of Guns
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Hoplophobia is an irrational concern of firearms, for hoplon actually means weapon and phobia means irrational fear.

Throughout the years, I’ve met many women who upon  learning that I own and carry a handgun say, “I’m Scared of Guns.” My reply is always, “I’m afraid to not have my gun.”

Growing up in the country, I was introduced to various types of guns at a very young age. It was nothing to walk in someone’s house and see two to three rifles/shotguns on a gun rack as part of the every day shabby chic décor. It was also common to ride through town and see a rifle/shotgun hanging in the back window of a local resident’s pickup truck. There was something not complete about a pickup without a gun rack. Guns were just NORMAL where I grew up.

I never really thought about it, but looking back, as a young child, the sight of rifle/shotgun in the home actually made me feel safer. I knew that if someone was to come onto my great uncle’s property, our family was protected. I never once thought of touching one of much uncles guns although I had access to them daily. I think the key is knowledge and respect for weapons as a hold.

Today in NC, their is law that requires storage of firearms to protect minors. You MUST have firearms locked or you will face criminals penalties if your firearm is obtained and used in a threatening manner. Talk to your kids about guns. Talk to your friends and relatives about guns. Most especially, talk to them about gun safety. If you and your kids are visiting their homes, let them know and ask them to secure their firearms! Protect the kids!

Part of my  everyday recreation was shooting in the back yard at grandpa’s house with BB and pellet guns. Now they call them “air soft” guns.  I got my first handgun at the age of 19 and my second by the age of 24. Being Scared of guns is not an option for me.

GIRLZ on F.I.R.E.’s mission is to empower Women with the knowledge and skills required in the safe and efficient use of firearms. Our goal is to eliminate the fear and provide you with the confidence required to protect yourself and your family!

Are you afraid of guns? Do you have a love for guns? Let us know in the comments!



10 things they don’t tell you about the gun range

Ladies, Do you know what to expect on your first trip to the gun range? Of course there are guns but what is it they don’t tell you?

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1) Dress like one of the boys

That flannel shirt that you love, your favorite hoodie, that cute baseball cap you love on bad hair days… PERFECT.

How you dress depends on whether the gun range is outdoor or indoor. Indoor is easy to plan for. If I’m shooting outdoors, I’ll typically layer my outwear according the the predicted temperature that day.

2) Don’t wear your good shoes

If you are visiting a range, leave your good shoes in the car. Whether indoor or outdoor, you are guaranteed to step on brass casings. If it’s an outdoor range, wear your rain boots as they tend to be very muddy after a rainy day.

3) Expect VERY loud noise

Guess what… Gunfire is LOUD, which is why ear protection is not only recommended but mandatory. The sound of a single shot can cause hearing loss! You can used regular foam earplugs or ear muffs. Be sure to research the level of noise protection provided by your choice of protection.

4) Strangers will be happy to assist you

I know that visiting a gun range for the time can be intimidating with Firearms being a male-dominated industry but skilled strangers are always willing to offer advice and guidance to newbies! In addition, every range has certified Range Officers on staff to monitor Firearm safety.

5) Guys love our Pink

Yes they talk junk about our pink but GUYS LOVE OUR PINK. Pink is a sign of femininity so naturally it draws a mans eye. I had a great time laughing at the fella checking out my pink camo range bag for his wife.

6) They think we are gun dumb

Face it ladies it’s just certain things that men think we don’t know! Guns are one if them. They will be quick to critique you on everything so do yourself a favor and do some training that includes safety and marksmanship. Also know how your firearm operates.


Know the rules of Firearm Safety and always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use, treat EVERY gun as if it is loaded, NEVER place your hand on the trigger until your are ready to shoot. Know your target and what is beyond.

8) Guns are for girls

Don’t be conformed by society and think that having a gun makes you a killer when it can most likely keep you from getting killed instead. I am #NeverAVictim knowing that if someone comes into my home I can protect my family!

There is much debate as to whether or not a gun in the home is more detrimental to the owner as many argue that it can be used against them. This is where firearm safety training is crucial. Know your firearm, know how to operate it properly, keep it cleaned and ready for use and ALWAYS have a plan for self-defense in your home!

9) Pick your own gun!

Picking out your gun is very personal. I recommend going to range Thant offers hanging rental so that you can shoot several models from revolver to semi automatic.

10) You belong!

Women are the fastest growing consumer in the gun industry today. Gun shops now offer women specific holsters and accessories while many shooting ranges provide women’s only courses and ladies night events.Your first trip may be a little awkward, which is expected for anything new but after that you’ll know exactly what to expect. So grab your range bag and go!

When is the last time you made a trip to the gun range?

Requirements to Purchase a Handgun in North Carolina

Are you looking to purchase a handgun in North Carolina for sport or personal defense but confused about the process. Keep reading to learn the requirements to purchase a handgun in North Carolina.

To purchase a handgun in North Carolina, the purchaser must provide a valid photo ID along with a valid North Carolina-issued pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun permit to the seller

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If the handgun purchase is made at a retail establishment, the purchaser is required complete and sign Firearms Transactions Record Form 4473. If you are buying with a NC-issued pistol purchase permit, the retailer is required to retain the original NC-issued pistol purchase permit for their records. 

 If the handgun is purchase is made through a private transaction, the transfer of handguns also requires that the transferee show proof of a state-issued pistol purchase permit or possesses a valid North Carolina issued concealed carry permit. In North Carolina you are only allowed to buy one handgun per state issued pistol purchase permit. The permit must be relinquished to the seller.

It is highly recommend that you complete a bill of sale showing transfer of ownership. The bill of sale should include name of both buyer and seller, handgun serial number, make and model, date of sale, verified id credentials and signature of both buyer and seller. The bill of sale showing transfer of ownership protects both the buyer and the seller in the event the firearm is used for self-defense. Bill of sale templates can be easily downloaded on Google.

Law Enforcement Officials are exempt from completing both Form 4473 and are exempt from going  through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Although exempt from NICS, law enforcement officials are required to provide a certificate signed by a designated authority. The signed certificate must state that the  firearm is to be used for official duties. Law Enforcement Official must have no convictions for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

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Legal Concealed Carry in North Carolina

GOF FlyerIn the State of North Carolina, citizens wanting to obtain a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit are first required to complete an eight-hour concealed carry certification course. After successfully completing an approved handgun safety course, you must submit an application for a state-issued permit in the county in which you reside. At the local Sheriff’s office, you must submit your original handgun course certificate along with the application, pay a non-refundable fee of $80.0 and provide two sets of fingerprints, which typically cost $10.00. In addition, you must authorize a mental health check.

 Once you receive your NC Concealed Carry Handgun permit you are required to renew it every five years. You will be required to submit a renewal application with the sheriff’s office in the county in which you reside at least thirty days prior to your permit’s expiration date. You must also submit a notarized affidavit stating that you remain qualified to receive a permit. The fee to renew a permit is $75.00. The sheriff’s office will perform another check into your criminal history and make another query into the NICS database. Dependent upon the local regulations in your county, you may be required to take another handgun safety course prior to renewal. As a current permit holder, you will receive a notice at least forty-five days in advance of your concealed carry permit expiring. You may apply to renew your concealed carry permit within ninety-day of it expiring. If you fail to register to renew your permit prior to the expiration date, the requirement to take another handgun safety course may be waived if you submit your renewal application within sixty days of the permit expiring. Deployed military personnel are allowed an additional ninety days after their deployment ends to submit a renewal application.

 In an emergency situation, a temporary permit may be issued to an individual if the sheriff has reason to belief that the individual’s safety, property, or the safety of the individual’s family is in immediate danger. You must first establish with the sheriff’s office that an emergency exists, submit two sets of fingerprints, and pay a non-refundable fee of $80.00. The temporary permit will be valid for a maximum of forty-five days and may be revoked by the sheriff at any time.