North Carolina does not have a gun registry. What that means is when purchasing a firearm from a licensed FFL (Federal Firearms dealer) the form 4473 filled out, along with purchase permit or other information, remains on premises in a filing cabinet for 21 years. There is no database for information which is why it is important for a buyer to keep records of make/model and serial number of their firearms.

North Carolina is currently an “Open Carry” State which allows any eligible law abiding person 18 years of age or older to carry a pistol open to view in any location unless posted otherwise.

A North Carolina Conceal and Carry permit allows the holder to carry in 37 other states concealed as well as to purchase handguns and long guns with no additional background check required (that IS the background check).

HB 746 (sponsored by Rep. Chris Millis) has just passed the NC House and is now headed for a Senate vote. If that is successful it goes to the Governor for his signature. HB 746 would allow people ALREADY ELIGIBLE for “Open Carry” to carry their firearm concealed without any additional fee or paperwork. Even if HB 746 becomes state law, a Conceal Carry permit would still be available (with a class and fee) for reasons in Item #3.

HB 746 has nothing to do with the ability to purchase a firearm. Unfortunately, the term “permit” has confused several people and is unfortunate.

A criminal does not obey or respect the laws — that is why they are called criminals.

In order to purchase a handgun in the state of North Carolina a person must have an N.C. purchase permit or NC Conceal Carry Permit that is valid (not expired). The purchase permit is good anywhere in the state regardless of the county it came from. A person can only obtain a permit from the county they reside in (on their driver’s license). The only exemption is if they are NC stationed and active military with an out of state driver’s license.

In order to receive a firearm that is being shipped, all firearms must be sent to an FFL; but the shipper can be a private person who must include a copy of their photo ID with the firearm.

It is illegal to purchase firearms on the internet and have them shipped to a private home.

Common sense needs to be taken when reading information online about firearm rules and regulations. Call a local gun dealer, ATF or law enforcement agency if you have any questions.

Remember knowledge is power and jumping to conclusions without facts can be dangerous.

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.