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.
The Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict state guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for concealed handgun permits. During the application process, you will be asked to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted and to submit your paperwork. Depending on the current volume of CHP requests, the earliest appointment may be 4-8 weeks into the future. Please note that you will be required to pay now to reserve your appointment.
Due to the nature of the detailed due diligence, actual processing times can take several weeks. The Sheriff and his staff have 45 days from the date all application materials are received (not from the date of application) to either issue or deny a permit. This includes receipt of all medical records, mental health records, criminal records checks and dispositions. Please do not call the Sheriff’s Office to inquire if your permit is back. You will be contacted if additional information is needed and you will be notified by email when your permit is ready to be picked up.
Concealed handgun permits must be obtained from the county Sheriff of your county of residence.
If you are RENEWING a Concealed Handgun Permit, you MUST apply at least 30 days PRIOR to the expiration date, but no more than 120 days prior.
If your permit has EXPIRED, but it has been LESS than 60 days since the expiration date, you will not have to take the safety course again, but you will have to apply as a NEW applicant, which includes being fingerprinted and paying a $90.00 application fee. You must also make a fingerprint appointment.
If 60 or more days have passed since your permit expired, you must take the safety course again and apply for a NEW permit, which includes being fingerprinted and paying a $90.00 application fee.
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.
Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Union County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Union 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 a concealed handgun permit.
A criminal background check is performed on each applicant before granting the permit. The processing of the concealed handgun permit application takes much longer than a handgun purchase permit application. The Sheriff and his staff have 45 days from the date all application materials are received (not from the date of application) to either issue or deny a permit NC General Statute 14-415.15(a). This includes receipt of all medical records, mental health records, criminal records checks and dispositions.
Anyone interested in applying for a concealed carry handgun permit must make an appointment online using this system. Prior to using this system, make sure you have the following information available.
If you have a Law Enforcement Qualification (NCGS 14-415.12(A)), in order to exempt you from taking the NC Firearms Safety Training Course, there is an additional exemption form that must be submitted as part of your application packet. You may obtain this form in person at the Union County Sheriff's Office. This form must be signed by an agency representative at your place employment or former place of employment.
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(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.)