Several months ago I was contacted by a coworker asking about purchasing a handgun for self protection. He asked how it works in North Carolina, and I explained the whole process of needing either a Pistol Purchase Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit for any handgun purchase, no matter where he buys it. He seemed satisfied with the information, and we didn’t speak about it again until last week.
Last week he approached me and said “Lucas, I need a handgun” and I asked if he had applied for a PPP yet. His reply was “Ugh man, Durham County sucks. They’re requiring 2 character references on the application, not sure it’s worth the hassle.”
On top of the above story, this evening I came across this story about a man in Durham County who has been waiting over 100 days for his CHP renewal.
The NC General Assembly has been overhauling many of the concealed carry laws in NC for the past several years, but unfortunately some of it has had poor wording allowing county sheriffs to drag their feet with concealed handgun permit applications and renewals, specifically waiting beyond the 45 day limit to issue a permit because the law specifies the following:
Except as permitted under subsection (b) of this section, within 45 days after receipt of the items listed in G.S. 14-415.13 from an applicant, and receipt of the required records concerning the mental health or capacity of the applicant, the sheriff shall either issue or deny the permit.
Basically, the Sheriff has 45 days to issue a permit AFTER he receives the mental health information from area hospitals about the applicant. As mentioned in the linked thread above, it appears that this information is taking a while lot longer than it should in some cases, which is resulting in folks not being able to carry concealed.
I hope the NCGS is able to fix this. Why not set it up like the NICS system where if an applicant isn’t denied within a specified period of time, the permit would get issues anyways.
Or, we could just get rid of permits all together and do the NICS check at the point of sale and allow Constitutional Carry, but what do I know…