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:
Please know that due to recent circumstances across our nation, the demand for firearms has substantially increased. This increased demand has affected all Sheriff's Offices in North Carolina. We now have a backlog of applications to process due to this significant increase in volume. Applications are processed in order in which they are received. You will promptly be notified upon approval of your application. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we all deal with this situation.
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.
Forsyth County Sheriff
301 N. Church Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101
phone: (336) 917-7015
(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.)