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Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate questions you might have and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send email to antai@preparedcarolinian.com.

1.

HOW DO I GET A HANDGUN PURCHASE PERMIT?

Pistol purchase permits may be obtained from the sheriff where the
purchaser or receiver resides. An application must be submitted to the
sheriff by the individual who desires to obtain a pistol permit, and must
satisfy the requirements of North Carolina law. These requirements are set
out in Section IL of this publication.


2.

HOW OLD MUST I BE TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN, SHOTGUN, OR RIFLE?

To purchase a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer, an
individual must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older. The age at which a
person can purchase a shotgun or rifle from a licensed dealer is eighteen
(18). Please note that although an eighteen (18), nineteen (19), or twenty
(20) year old may be issued a pistol purchase permit, they would not be able
to purchase a handgun with it from a licensed firearms dealer but could
purchase a handgun from a private person.


3.

DO MY GUNS HAVE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE SHERIFF OR POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE I LIVE?

Except as to the requirement to lawfully possess a machine gun under N.C.
Gen. Stat. § 14-409, North Carolina does not require other types of firearms
to be registered with the sheriff or Police Department.


4.

IF I BUY A HANDGUN FROM AN INDIVIDUAL WHOM I HAVE KNOWN FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND WHO DOES NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, DO I STILL NEED A PERMIT?

Yes, North Carolina General Statute § 14-402 does not make any exception
for the receipt or purchase of a handgun from a private individual as
opposed to a firearms dealer. Therefore, a pistol purchase or North Carolina
concealed carry permit is necessary before the transfer of any handgun can
take place.


5.

HOW LONG IS MY PERMIT TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN VALID?

North Carolina law provides that permits are valid for a period of five (5)
years.


6.

HOW LONG MUST I BE A RESIDENT OF A NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY BEFORE I AM ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT TO PURCHASE A PISTOL?

North Carolina law does not specifically address how long an individual
must reside in a county prior to making application for a pistol permit.
Applicants may in fact be residents of more than one state. It is not
uncommon therefore for a sheriffs' office to establish a policy which sets
minimum residency requirements.


7.

HOW MANY HANDGUNS AM I AUTHORIZED TO CARRY CONCEALED AT ANY ONE TIME WHILE I HAVE A VALID CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT?

North Carolina law does not restrict the number of handguns that may be
carried by a concealed handgun permittee. Therefore, the permittee may
carry as many handguns as he/she is comfortable carrying.


8.

ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PISTOL PURCHASE PERMIT TO PURCHASE A PISTOL?

  The requirement for obtaining a permit before purchasing or receiving a handgun does not
apply to law enforcement officers of North Carolina, who are authorized by law to carry
firearms. To use such an exemption, however, the law enforcement officer must identify
him/herself to the seller of the handgun as being a law enforcement officer authorized to carry
firearms, and provide any of the following:

  1. A letter signed by the officer's superior officer stating the officer is authorized to
    carry a firearm;
  2. A current photographic identification card issued by the officer's employer;
  3. A current photographic identification card issued by a State agency that identifies the
    officer as State law enforcement; or
  4. A current identification card from the officer's employer and one other form of
    photographic identification.

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-404(d)


NOTE: If the officer is purchasing or receiving a handgun from a federally licensed firearms
dealer, federal law may nonetheless require a NICS check be conducted.


9.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I PURCHASE A GUN FROM AN ONLINE SITE AND HAVE IT SENT TO YOU FOR TRANSFER AND I DON'T HAVE A PISTOL PURCHASE PURMIT OR A NC CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT.

1- Upon receipt of the firearm I will call and notify you of its arrival and coordinate a time for the transfer

2- Upon your arrival at my location you will be required to fillout and sign an ATF form 4473.

3- After completing the form, I will review it for completeness and ask for your Concealed Carry Permit or Pistol Purchase Permit in order to complie with the NC pistol perchase requirements. The following will happen If you don't have either 

a- The handgun will remain in my inventory until you apply for and recieve a pistol purchase permit.  Upon issue of the Pistol Purchase permit you will coordinate a time to continue with the transfer.

b- If you are unable to qualify for a Pistol Purchase Permit, the firearm will be returned to the store you perchased it from.  You can pursue a refund with them.


10.

IF YOU HAD A PISTOL SHIPPED TO PREPARED CAROLINIAN FOR TRANSFER AND YOU WERE UNABLE TO QUALIFY FOR A PISTOL PERCHASE PERMIT, CAN I TRANSFER THE PISTOL TO SOMEONE ELSE INSTEAD OF RETURNING IT TO THE ORIGINAL STORE?

The pistol will only be transfered to the person who purchased the handgun.  If you are not able to obtain a Pistol Perchase Permit or a Concealed Carry Permit then the transfer of the handgun to another is considered a "Straw Purchase" and illegal.  If you are unable to get the required documentation the handgun will be returned to the original FFL. 


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