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Pistol Purchase Permits: Applicants must fill out an on-line application. Applicants will be called and given an appointment time for the purpose of dropping off a mental health release form and providing the proper identification. Applications are not considered complete until the applicant has completed the appointment process. Approved permits will be delivered at appointment time. We will not accept those without an appointment. Appointments will be conducted from 8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and given out in the order applications were received.
Renewal of Current Carried Concealed Handgun Permits: Applicants must fill out an on-line renewal application. Acceptance of the renewal packet will be conducted by appointment only. Appointments are available only to applicants who expire within the next 45 days.
New Carried Concealed Permits: Fingerprinting will resume June 1st 2020. You must have completed a N.C. State approved carried concealed course prior to submitting an application. You must fill out an online application and make an appointment. No walk ins will be accepted you MUST have an appointment. Due to public health concerns you must have a face mask or covering to enter our facility for fingerprinting.
Change of Address and Duplicate Card Requests: Duplicate CCH permits request can be mailed to our office at 330 S. Salisbury St. Raleigh N.C. 27601. Please include a letter explaining the card was lost or damaged, a $15 fee by check or money payable to the Wake County Sheriff's Office. Make sure to include your name, permit number, driver's license number and a good contact number. A change of address for CCH can be made by telephone by calling our office at 919-856-6949.
Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.
Effective December 1, 2015
North Carolina General Statute 14-404(e1) requires applicants to sign a release of court orders concerning mental health and capacity for pistol purchase permits.
Your application process will not begin until this final step has been completed.
Applicant Must NOT:
Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Wake County whether or not the clerks’ records contain the record of any involuntary mental commitment proceeding under Article 5 of Chapter 122C of the General Statutes in which you have been named as a respondent. The purpose of this release is to enable the Sheriff to determine your qualification and competence to purchase and handle a handgun.
The Wake County Sheriff’s office offers this online service as a convenience to the community. In addition to the per permit fee of $5, the system will charge a per transaction fee for the convenience of applying and paying for your permits online. The convenience fee is not collected by the Sheriff. This fee is paid to the company that provides this order, payment and processing system to the public. You do have the option of applying and paying via cash in person at the Sheriff’s office. By doing so, you will not be charged the convenience fee.
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John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center
330 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27602
(a) Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:
(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from carrying a firearm on his or her body, or placed in such close proximity that it can be used as easily and quickly as if carried on the body.
(c) This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.
(d) "Minor" as used in this section means a person under 18 years of age who is not emancipated. (1993, c. 558, s. 2; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 11.)