North Carolina: Victory in the General Assembly Regarding Permit Holdups

GRNC Victory for Gun Owners!

North Carolina State Legislative Building
North Carolina State Legislative Building
Grass Roots North Carolina
Grass Roots North Carolina

Raleigh, NC -( For months, sheriff departments around the state have been using delays in the receipt of medical information as an excuse to illegally delay the issuance of pistol purchase permits.

In many cases, these bureaucratic delays were egregious, far exceeding the time limits that the law allows. GRNC is elated to announce that those days are nearly over! Thanks to heroic efforts by Representative Michael Speciale (R-District 3; Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico), Senators Phil Berger (R-District 26; Guilford, Rockingham) and Shirley Randleman (R-District 30; Stokes, Surry, Wilkes), and the activism of supporters like you, we have been able to secure a sunset clause in the law’s medical release language.

Fixing the NRA’s Sellout

You may remember that recently, GRNC sent an alert explaining that the NRA and others appeared to be colluding with the NC Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) and RINOs in the General Assembly to block serious efforts to make a change to the medical release system. Let’s just say they held a meeting about gun rights, but failed to invite representatives from the state’s most effective, no-compromise gun rights organization. In any case, our unwillingness to give in has paid off.

GRNC ran an end-around against the sellout by the NRA, the NC Rifle and Pistol Association and the NCSA. Going forward, once medical records are digitized, there will no longer be a requirement to fill out a paper ‘Medical Release’ form, and no excuse will remain for sheriff’s departments to wait for paper-based responses from the medical community.

Kicking and screaming they may be, but GRNC is bringing the NCSA and other bureaucrats involved in these processes into the twenty-first century.

Thank you Rep. Speciale, and thank you GRNC volunteers and supporters!

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About Grass Roots North Carolina:

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Gene Ralno

Seems the problem here is although North Carolina is a “shall issue” state, they still require a permit for each handgun. And like everywhere else, sheriffs certainly have better things to do than issuing permits. In today’s firearms market, that must be a huge burden. Other states have streamlined the process without experiencing any downside. Constitutional carry works well for several states. Licensing without further checking works well for many. Permits in addition to licensing or checking seems duplicative and wasteful. Any business school graduate could save North Carolina millions and speed up the process.


Here in NC, anyone with a conceal carry license does not need to get a permit in order to buy a handgun. The CCL is good for five years and is simply shown to the dealer when a purchase is desired. Otherwise you must go to the sheriff, fill the papers & fingerprint, pay the fees and wait. It is simpler and no waiting to just take the firearms course and do those things once.


And it is ALL illegal and unconstitutional. NC needs to get their heads out of their asses and stop forcing Americans to pay for their RIGHTS! I live in this f’ked up state and refuse to abide by these unconstitutional infringements of my Constitutional rights and God given rights. Everyone who buys or has paid for handgun permits and CCW permits is colluding with state government in violating the second amendment!