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 must be obtained from the sheriff in the county that you reside. In Onslow County it is the Sheriff's Office. The Cost is $5.00.
  • Gun purchase permit applications must be completed online and will be processed on normal business days (Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Click the "Let's get Started" button to apply for a permit.
  • Upon successful completion of your application you will need to provide to OCSO proof of more than 30 days onslow county residency in the form of a North Carolina Operators License, ID Card, Voter Precinct Card, vehicle registration, title or vehicle insurance policy. Additionally, you may provide a utility/cable bill, housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement, school records, or letter from the homeless shelter. Finally, military members may provide copy of PCS orders or command letter confirming address and 30 day residency. Instructions on how to do this are in the application confirmation email.
  • Please note that the current processing time is 14 days from the date that you successfully submit your online application.

 

Please visit the below website for further information regarding NC Firearms Laws and reciprocity:
NC Firearms Laws

Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.

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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;
  • eighteen to twenty (18-20) year olds can apply for a restricted permit;
  • have attained at least one month's residency in Onslow County;
  • Upon successful completion of your application you will need to provide to OCSO proof of more than 30 days onslow county residency in the form of a North Carolina Operators License, ID Card, Voter Precinct Card, vehicle registration, title or vehicle insurance policy. Additionally, you may provide a utility/cable bill, housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement, school records, or letter from the homeless shelter. Finally, military members may provide copy of PCS orders or command letter confirming address and 30 day residency.

Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Onslow County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Onslow 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.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s office offers this online service as a convenience to the community. In addition to the per permit fee of $5, the system will charge a per transaction fee of $3.00 for the convenience of applying and paying for your permits online. The convenience fee is not collected by the Sheriff. This fee is paid to the company that provides this order, payment and processing system to the public. You do have the option of applying and paying via cash in person at the Sheriff’s office. By doing so, you will not be charged the convenience fee.

Please visit the below website for further information regarding NC Firearms Laws and reciprocity:
NC Firearms Laws

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For More Information, Contact:

Onslow County Sheriff's Office
717 Court Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

sheriff@onslowcountync.gov
phone: (910) 455-3113
fax: (910) 455-0048

 

For Technical Support, Contact:

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


NC General Statute 14-315.1: 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.)