In order to purchase a handgun in North Carolina, an individual has to apply and obtain a pistol purchase permit from the county sheriff’s office of the county in which s/he resides. S/he needs to have a valid reason for owning a pistol such as hunting, target shooting, self defense, or collecting. However, this is not applicable for a person having a permit for carrying a concealed weapon. The purchase permit is valid for five years from the date of issue. North Carolina laws permit a person to purchase a rifle, shotgun or ammunition from the state or any contiguous state.
Purchase permit shall not be issued to any person who is under indictment or who has been convicted of a felony except that such person was later pardoned or is not prohibited from purchasing a firearm under the Felony Act. A fugitive, unlawful user, drug addict, mentally incompetent, dishonorably discharged soldier, or a person who has renounced his or her citizenship will be prohibited from obtaining a purchase permit.
The validity of a permit ceases by the purchase of one handgun. To obtain another handgun, an applicant must procure another permit and must convince the issuing authority about the necessity.
Law prohibits any person from purchasing a firearm, machine gun, ammunition, or permits to purchase or carry concealed firearms if ordered by the court for so long as that protective order stays in effect. Violators of this rule shall be guilty of a Class H felony.[i]
Primary government offices that deal with issues relating to firearms are:
North Carolina Highway Patrol
512 N. Salisbury Street
4702 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4702
Phone: (919) 733-7952
North Carolina Department of Justice
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-9001
Phone: 919-716-6400 Fax: 919-716-6750
[i] N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-269.8