North Carolina requires a permit to purchase a pistol. Unlike the Illinois FOID system, North Carolina requires a new permit for each pistol to be purchased.
The process to obtain a pistol purchase permit is burdensome. It requires filling out an application, having the permit notarized, taking it to the local Sheriff’s Office, paying $5 for the application, the notary fee, then waiting 28 days for the permit to arrive.
A bill going through the North Carolina legislature is trying to amend the process.
Legislation rolled out Wednesday would let people buy multiple handguns without getting multiple permits from their local sheriff, a change supporters billed as a “streamlining.”
“This is not opening up more guns. It’s just cutting out some bureaucracy,” said Eddie Caldwell, executive vice president and general counsel of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Under current law, people who don’t have concealed carry permits have to get a pistol purchase permit from their sheriff for each handgun they buy. They can get more than one permit in a day, and there’s no limit how many permits they can get, but each purchase requires separate paperwork from the county sheriff.
That is a pain in the ass.
Senate Bill 90 would change that, making a single permit good for five years, regardless of how many handguns the person buys.
“It’s streamlining the bureaucracy … without jeopardizing public safety,” Caldwell told the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday
I love eliminating bureaucracy for the common man.
The bill has Republican backing, and the sheriffs’ association endorsed it, attaching a high-priority designation to their support.
I have a feeling that most North Carolinas sheriffs are tired of handling the paperwork of new purchase permits for repeat gun buyers and that at $5 a permit, it is a money-losing venture for the department.
Moms Demand Action, a group that works against gun violence, is against the bill, and a representative called it “a step in the wrong direction.”
Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham, called the proposal “an intrinsically bad idea.”
“I don’t know what benefit is derived,” McKissisk said. “If anything, we already have enough handguns out there.”
See, it’s not about stopping criminals from having guns, it’s about making it too inconvenient to buy a gun. This isn’t going to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, it is going to keep guns out of the hands of working class people who can’t take time off from work during business hours to do the paperwork.
Sponsoring Sen. Danny Britt, R-Robeson, a former prosecutor, said many guns used in crimes are obtained illegally and that the bill makes “it easier for folks who buy firearms the legal way.” He noted people can buy long guns – rifles and shotguns – without visiting their sheriff at all “and do the same damage.
That is a whole lot of honesty from a former prosecutor, someone who should know a little bit about the subject.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Britt said of the bill. “Personally, I’d be fine with no pistol purchase permit at all.”
The committee doesn’t plan to vote on the bill until next Tuesday to give more people time to weigh in on it.
Readers in North Carolina, contact your state representatives and tell them to pass this bill.
Eliminating bureaucracy and letting the law abiding citizens of the Tar Heel State have a little more freedom is a good thing.