Sheriff’s Office issues statement on gun permits

Published 4:33 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office posted the following statement on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
**Effective immediately**
Any person seeking to purchase or transfer a handgun in North Carolina is no longer required to apply to the Sheriff for a pistol purchase permit. All pistol purchase permitting laws in North Carolina have been eliminated by the enactment of Senate Bill 41 (Guarantee 2nd Amendment Freedom and Protections)
What this means:
• It is no longer necessary to apply for a pistol purchase permit at the Sheriff’s Office.
• The Federal Firearms License dealer will run the required National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) required under current law.
• For private transfers of handguns, while no National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) criminal background check is required under current law prior to making a private transfer, criminal penalties still apply to any person that knowingly transfers a handgun to a person who may not lawfully possess the firearm.
• All Concealed Handgun Permitting Laws remain the same. If you have any questions regarding the newly enacted law feel free to reach out to us at the Sheriff’s Office or send us an Instant Message.
The Stanly News & Press has reached out to Rep. Wayne Sasser for his views on this legislation.