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Wake residents can start pistol, concealed carry process online

Posted February 23, 2014
Updated February 24, 2014

— Wake County residents wanting a pistol permit or concealed carry permit can now go online to start the application process.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office has made the paperwork available online for download, so that those seeking a permit can download the forms and fill them out before presenting them to officials. Applicants can pay for their permits online as well, but they will be charged a convenience fee for doing so.

Capt. Jimmy Stevens said Sunday that permit applications can still be completed in person at the sheriff's office, at 330 South Salisbury St. in Raleigh, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

All applicants must eventually appear in person, with their completed application and valid ID. Applicants for a concealed carry permit must also complete a mental health form and have their fingerprints taken.


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  • seumfithy Feb 25, 2014

    Unless the news article got their facts wrong, there is nothing new here accept an extra $4 fee. You still have to print and submit in person.

  • rhess2 Feb 24, 2014

    Let's see a person with mental health issues whose intent it is to use their gun to hurt others can appear in person at the Wake County Sheriff's Office and can get a permit to carry their concealed weapon. I just hope the information on their mental health form is honest and accurate. Of course if they are hiding any issues the application will likely go right through. Maybe the Sheriff Deputies vetting it will spot any lies. Wishful thinking I say! In my opinion all the members of the General Assembly that voted for this law should be asked to fill out a mental health form.

  • Ty Shrake Feb 24, 2014
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    Uh, no, that isn't true. You clearly don't know about or understand the actual process. Try asking someone who has actually been through it.

  • leerox713 Feb 24, 2014

    There seems to be a lot of confusion in the comments so far. The article is actually poorly written. It states "the paperwork available online for download" which leads you to believe that it's just printing out a form in which you have to personally deliver to the Wake Co Sheriffs Office. That was how it was done in the past.

    The pistol permit process did change. Now, personally having done this, you actually fill out an online form (no printing) submit, and pay all online. The only trip to the Sheriffs Office will be to pick up the paper permit, pending approval. This reduces the prior need to go downtown twice, once to drop off the application and once to pick up after approval. I can't comment on the CC permit online process as I haven't done that yet.

  • Mark Cline Feb 24, 2014
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    The NC Constitution, Article I, Section 30 dittos the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution and adds that nothing therein shall apply to concealed carry of weapons. The state legislature may enact such rules, laws, etc. as it sees fit to regulate such practices.

    The NC Constitution also give the legislature the power to pass "general rules" regarding voting.

    As far as "inconvenience" goes it is far less inconvenient to obtain an ID to vote, as it is to obtain a permit to carry a handgun concealed. To think, and assert, differently would be a willful choice of ignorance.

  • Earth Brooks Feb 24, 2014

    I say we let them take drug tests to get pistol permits. Who would be against that except people on drugs that want to buy guns?

  • Gork Feb 24, 2014

    So it hasn't changed, we're just trying to make NC more attractive to any gun nuts who don't already live here?

  • glarg Feb 24, 2014

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    You have to love the logic at work here.

    Obviously the only gating factor is a computer and bus fare down town.

  • busyb97 Feb 24, 2014

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    Just because they fill out the application, doesn't mean they GET it. You still have to go through the rest of the process to obtain a CCW permit - background checks, fingerprinting, classes, etc.

  • rationality Feb 24, 2014

    TP4REAL and GOALIEMAN, there is no Constitutional Right to Vote. The Bush v Gore supreme court decision settled that for federal elections (read up), and States have the responsibility to determine the qualifications for their elections. This doesn't compare with something established in the Bill of Rights, which voting is not.