General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used.

Generally, laws require the following:

  • Permits to buy handguns in North Carolina can be obtained from the County Sheriff (or, in 10 counties, the Clerk of Superior Court). In Forsyth County it is the Sheriff's Office. The Cost is $5.00 and is NON-REFUNDABLE even if your application is denied.
  • Permits must be processed within 14 days of the submission of the application
  • Gun purchase permit applications must be completed online and will be processed on normal business days (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM). Click the "Let's get Started" button to apply for a permit.

 

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Handgun Purchase Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a US citizen, a naturalized citizen or a resident alien;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • have attained at least 30 days residency in Forsyth County;
  • at the time of pickup, provide a valid NC driver's license with correct address or military ID with proof of residency in Forsyth County.

Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Forsyth County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Forsyth 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.

A permit to purchase a handgun has an application fee of $5.00 per permit. A per application convenience fee will also be charged for using the online application service.


For More Information, Contact:


Forsyth County Sheriff
301 N. Church Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101

permits@fcso.us
phone: (336) 917-7015


NC General Statute 14-351-1: Storage of firearms to protect minors

 

(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:

  1. Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14-269.2(b);
  2. Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;
  3. Causes personal injury or death with it not in self defense; or
  4. Uses it in the commission of a crime.

(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.)