A North Carolina firearm bill of sale is a receipt for the private purchase of a gun that is executed by the buyer and the seller. Once it has been filled out, the document includes the purchase price, serial number, make, model, and caliber/gauge of the firearm, as well as the contact information for each party. To privately purchase a firearm in the state, the buyer must be over eighteen (18) years old and present a North Carolina driver’s license or state I.D. to the seller. When buying a handgun, a pistol purchase or a concealed handgun permit must also be presented. These permits are obtained from the county sheriff in the buyer’s place of residence and require a background check.
- Firearm laws:
- Background check required? Yes, for handguns only.
- Permit required to purchase? Yes, a purchase permit or concealed handgun permit required for handguns only.
Conceal Carry Laws
Statute – Article 54B (Concealed Handgun Permit)
North Carolina only allows individuals to carry concealed pistols and handguns if they have a valid concealed carry permit. All concealed carry licenses issued by other states are also accepted. To obtain a North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) permit (sometimes called a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP)), residents will need to apply at their county sheriff’s office by following the steps below.
- Complete a mandatory eight (8) hour certified handgun training course prior to application.
- Fulfill the CCH eligibility criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a North Carolina resident for at least thirty (30) days
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years old
- Does not suffer from an impairment that prevents the safe handling of a firearm
- Has never been dishonorably discharged from armed forces
- Not be a convicted felon
- Not be convicted of impaired driving within three (3) years
- Go to their county sheriff’s office and submit the following paperwork:
- North Carolina driver’s license or state I.D.
- Certificate of completion for firearms training
- Completed CCH application form, signed under oath (form will be provided by the sheriff)
- Completed Concealed Handgun Permit Release Form
- Have their fingerprints recorded by the sheriff.
- Pay the permit and fingerprinting fees.