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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 Pender County it is the Sheriff's Office.
  • 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.

Please read the requirements below thoroughly before applying


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.

After completing the online portion of the application, you MUST come in to the Sheriff’s Office within five (5) business days to complete or provide this release.

Your application process will not begin until this final step has been completed.

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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 or over;
  • eighteen to twenty (18-20) year old persons can apply for a restricted permit - this permit cannot be used at a Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer;
  • have attained at least 30 days residency in Pender County;
  • Provide a valid driver's license or picture ID.  ACTIVE MILITARY: Provide a valid driver's license, military ID and proof of residency in Pender County (e.g. most recent utility bill, lease agreement, etc).

Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Pender County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Pender 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 Pender County Sheriff’s department 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 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. The total fee is non-refundable.

For More Information, Contact:

Pender County Sheriff's Office
605 E Fremont St
Burgaw, NC 28425

Email Department
phone: 910-259-1212


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453

Storage of firearms and ammunition presents a unique responsibility. Children may see weapons as toys, and thieves view them as a tool for crime or an item that can be sold for quick profit. Keep all firearms locked away in a secure place.