Application Process for
Handgun & Crossbow Purchase Permits
Application Process for Handgun & Crossbow Purchase Permits
(Application can be downloaded from our forms menu on the left)
NOTE: On August 11th, 2004, the Governor signed into law that citizens with a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons Permit) can purchase handguns through dealers, using their CCW. It is no longer necessary for these citizens, who have already been approved to carry a concealed weapon and have been fingerprinted, to come to the Sheriff's Office to obtain a Pistol Purchase Permit.
§14-403. Permits issued by sheriff; form of permit; expiration of permit.
14‑403. Permit issued by sheriff; form of permit; expiration
sheriffs of any and all counties of this State shall issue to any
person, firm, or corporation in any county a license or permit to
purchase or receive any weapon mentioned in this Article from any
person, firm, or corporation offering to sell or dispose of the weapon.
The license or permit shall expire five years from the date of issuance.
The license or permit shall be in the following form:
______________, Sheriff of said County, do hereby certify that I have
conducted a criminal background check of the applicant, ______________
whose place of residence is ______________ in ______________ (or) in
______________ Township, ______________ County, North Carolina, and have
received no information to indicate that it would be a violation of
State or federal law for the applicant to purchase, transfer, receive,
or possess a handgun. The applicant has further satisfied me as to his,
her (or) their good moral character. Therefore, a license or permit is
issued to ______________ to purchase one pistol from any person, firm or
corporation authorized to dispose of the same.
license or permit expires five years from its date of issuance.
____ day of ____________, ________.
§14-404. Issuance or refusal of permit; appeal from refusal; grounds for refusal; sheriff's fee.
14‑404. Issuance or refusal of permit; appeal from refusal;
grounds for refusal; sheriff's fee.
Upon application, the sheriff shall issue the license or permit to a
resident of that county, unless the purpose of the permit is for
collecting, in which case a sheriff can issue a permit to a nonresident,
when the sheriff has done all of the following:
Verified, before the issuance of a permit, by a criminal history
background investigation that it is not a violation of State or federal
law for the applicant to purchase, transfer, receive, or possess a
handgun. The sheriff shall determine the criminal and background history
of any applicant by accessing computerized criminal history records as
maintained by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, by conducting a national criminal history records
check, by conducting a check through the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS), and by conducting a criminal history
check through the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Fully satisfied himself or herself by affidavits, oral evidence, or
otherwise, as to the good moral character of the applicant.
Fully satisfied himself or herself that the applicant desires the
possession of the weapon mentioned for (i) the protection of the home,
business, person, family or property, (ii) target shooting, (iii)
collecting, or (iv) hunting.
If the sheriff is not fully satisfied, the sheriff may, for good cause
shown, decline to issue the license or permit and shall provide to the
applicant within seven days of the refusal a written statement of the
reason(s) for the refusal. An appeal from the refusal shall lie by way
of petition to the chief judge of the district court for the district in
which the application was filed. The determination by the court, on
appeal, shall be upon the facts, the law, and the reasonableness of the
sheriff's refusal, and shall be final.
A permit may not be issued to the following persons:
One who is under an indictment or information for or has been convicted
in any state, or in any court of the
One who is a fugitive from justice.
One who is an unlawful user of or addicted to marijuana or any
depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug (as defined in 21 U.S.C. section
One who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent or has been committed
to any mental institution.
One who is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the
One who has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable
One who, having been a citizen of the
One who is subject to a court order that:
Was issued after a hearing of which the person received actual notice,
and at which the person had an opportunity to participate;
Restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an
intimate partner of the person or child of the intimate partner of the
person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate
partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; and
Includes a finding that the person represents a credible threat to the
physical safety of the intimate partner or child; or by its terms
explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of
physical force against the intimate partner or child that would
reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.
Nothing in this Article shall apply to officers authorized by law to
carry firearms if the officers identify themselves to the vendor or
donor as being officers authorized by law to carry firearms and state
that the purpose for the purchase of the firearms is directly related to
the law officers' official duties.
The sheriff shall charge for the sheriff's services upon issuing the
license or permit a fee of five dollars ($5.00).
Each applicant for a license or permit shall be informed by the sheriff
within 30 days of the date of the application whether the license or
permit will be granted or denied and, if granted, the license or permit
shall be immediately issued to the applicant.
An applicant shall not be ineligible to receive a permit under
subdivision (c)(4) of this section because of involuntary commitment to
mental health services if the individual's rights have been restored
under G.S. 122C‑54.1. (1919,
c. 197, s. 3; C.S., s. 5108; 1959, c. 1073, s. 2; 1969, c. 73; 1981
(Reg. Sess., 1982), c. 1395, s. 1; 1987, c. 518, s. 1; 1995, c. 487, s.
2; 2006‑39, s. 1; 2006‑264, s. 4; 2008‑210, s. 3(a);
2009‑570, s. 7.)