Obtaining a concealed carry handgun permit in North Carolina is a fairly stringent process. You must first take an 8-hour handgun certification course approved by the North Carolina Justice Academy. In addition, an on-range shooting qualification firing 10 rounds at 3, 5, 7 yards for a total of 30 rounds.
A certificate showing that you have completed an 8-hour course is required at the time that you apply for your concealed carry handgun permit. You must submit your application in the county in which you reside.
Due to long wait times in larger counties, I recommended that you set your appointment at your local Sheriff’s department as soon as your class is scheduled.
Many local sheriff’s departments allow you to walk in to apply for your state issued concealed carry handgun permit while other Sheriff’s departments require that you set up an appointment online. In Forsyth county, it takes three months to obtain an appointment to submit your application. In Guilford county, it takes two and a half months to obtain an appointment to submit your application.
Guilford County allows you to download the application and bring it to the Sheriff’s department while Forsyth County requires that you complete the application on site.
On average, it takes up to 90 days after submitting your application to receive your state-issued permit. Wait times can be longer depending on how many are in the queue. This can result in a total time of attaining your state-issued concealed carry handgun permit of six months at a minimum depending on the wait time in your County?
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Although she was raised around handguns, during May’s class introduction she told us that both her dad and her brothers owned handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Still, May remained terribly afraid of handguns. May recently decided that the thought of owning a handgun was not a bad idea. She admitted she had recently visited a local store to browse the handgun section and even thought she might like to own a revolver.
Safety is the beginning of any good class but when we got to the actual handgun portion of the class, the first thing I did for May was introduce her to the rubber training handgun. To my surprise, she immediately started shaking, confirming her fear. I tried to remove the rubber handgun from her hands but she was determined to shed her fear, and held on. I told May and all of the students present that the most important thing to remember is that a handgun is a tool. A tool cannot function without human interaction. We must remember that fear is based on conditioning, which is a learned behavior and can be reinforced through thought and memory of past experiences. When we identify our fears, we immediately have a chance of overcoming them.
It turned out that May’s fear was conditioning. With May’s fear, came respect for the tool. We should all have a certain amount of fear of firearms less we become too comfortable, sacrificing our safety and those in our presence. As it turns out, May having both fear and respect for firearms, payed off in her favor. She was the best shooter of the day during the required North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun qualification requirement.
After completing her concealed carry qualification, May admitted that she still felt some anxiety, but was much more comfortable with the thought of purchasing and owning her own handgun, which she never would have considered before. I tell all of my students that Concealed Carry, if your first class, should be considered a first step in your firearms training journey. With continued training comes the ability to utilize your tool with safety, precision and accuracy, if needed, which we all hope never happens.
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
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 permitor 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.
In 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.
A North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun permit allows you to legally carry a handgun on your body or in a personal tote such as backpack, briefcase, or handbag. NORTH CAROLINA FIREARMS LAWS defines Concealed Carry “about the person” which means it must be concealed on the person or within arm’s reach of the person.
Proof of an eight-hour state-approved Firearm Safety training or Concealed Carry class is required by the State of North Carolina prior to applying for a state issued permit. Two of those hours must be dedicate to the Laws of Self Defense. In addition to the eight hours of mandatory classroom training that is required, you must complete a 20 question written exam on the Legal Issues of Self-Defense and Firearm Safety and Rules and shooting range qualification.
The course as taught by GIRLZ on F.I.R.E., L.L.C. includes instruction on North Carolina Common Law, North Carolina Statutory Law, Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Handgun Nomenclature, and Marksmanship Fundamentals. NC Common Law teaches both justified and unjustified self-defense while knowledge of NC Statutory Law states the rights and rules you must abide by as a citizen. The course also includes Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Storage of Handguns, Alcohol and Firearms and Ammunition Safety. There is added discussion on Handguns, specifically Revolvers versus Semiautomatic Pistols. Marksmanship Fundamentals includes topics on Grip, Follow-Through, Stance, Breath Control, Sight Alignment/Sight Picture, Shooting Rhythm, Trigger Control, and Shooting Positions. In addition, we cover Carrying Concealed Safety Issues and Presentation Techniques. Last, we cover Cleaning and Maintenance through demonstration of Proper Cleaning Procedures, Lubrication, Function Check, and a detailed discussion on Ammunition selection.
Obtaining your North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun certification is a choice that requires mental preparedness. Keeping Safety at the front of your mind at all times is critical. By taking time to further your training and practicing firing drills both at home (dry-fire) and at the range is when you truly become a better and more skilled shooter. In addition, Sports and Competition shooting is fun when we practice safety first, so get out there and find a community of like-minded shooters to learn more about the sport.