General Information

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.

Generally, laws require the following:

  • Permits to buy handguns in North Carolina can be obtained from the County Sheriff (or, in 10 counties, the Clerk of Superior Court). In Lenoir County it is the Sheriff's Office. The Cost is $5.00 each (Max 2 per application) plus a $3 convienence fee for online applications. This payment is NON-REFUNDABLE .
  • Gun purchase permit applications can be completed online 24/7 or in person at the Sheriff's Office during normal business days (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM). Click the "Let's get Started" button to apply for a permit.
  • Effective December 1, 2015, North Carolina General Statute 14-404(e1) requires applicants to sign a release of court orders concerning mental health and capacity for pistol purchase permits.  You MUST come in to the Sheriff’s Office within five (5) business days after you have completed the online portion of the application.  Your application process will not begin until this final step has been completed.  If the release is not completed within five (5) business days, your permit will be automatically denied.  We will NOT refund fees paid if you fail to come to the Sheriff's Office within five (5) business days to sign the release.

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Handgun Purchase Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a citizen, a naturalized citizen or a resident alien;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • have attained at least 30 days residency in Lenoir County;
  • at the time of pickup, provide a valid NC driver's license with correct address or military ID with proof of residency in Lenoir County.
  • Effective December 1, 2015, North Carolina General Statute 14-404(e1) requires applicants to sign a release of court orders concerning mental health and capacity for pistol purchase permits.  You MUST come in to the Sheriff’s Office within five (5) business days after you have completed the online portion of the application.  Your application process will not begin until this final step has been completed.  If the release is not completed within five (5) business days, your permit will be automatically denied.  We will NOT refund fees paid if you fail to come to the Sheriff's Office within five (5) business days to sign the release.

Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Lenoir County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Lenoir 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 and handle a handgun.

A permit to purchase a handgun has a processing cost of $5.00 (each). A per application convenience fee will also be charged for using the online application service. The total fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.


For More Information, Contact:

Pistol Purchase Permits
Lenoir County Sheriff's Office
130 S. Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501

Joyce Quinn, Processing Asst
jquinn@co.lenoir.nc.us
phone: 252-559-6100 ext. 6106

 

For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Email: help@permitium.com
Phone: (855) 642-2453


NC General Statute 14-351.1: Storage of firearms to protect minors

(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:

  1. Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14-269.2(b);
  2. Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;
  3. Causes personal injury or death with it not in self defense; or
  4. Uses it in the commission of a crime.

(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.)