Wake residents can now go online to apply for gun permits

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comFebruary 23, 2014 

— Wake County residents can now go online to apply for pistol purchases and concealed weapon permits.

The new service will start on Monday, Capt. James Stevens with the Wake County sheriff’s office said.

County residents will pay a nominal fee to use the online service that’s intended to make the permitting process more convenient and less time consuming, Stevens said.

The sheriff’s office processed 92,729 pistol purchase permits from 2010 until 2013. The sheriff’s office also processed 28,189 concealed handgun permits during the same period, Stevens said.

A person who wanted to purchase a pistol or concealed weapon permit was previously required to visit the sheriff’s office in downtown Raleigh and complete the application.

But starting this week, someone seeking to purchase a pistol or concealed carry permit can obtain an application online, complete it, print it and take it to the sheriff’s office, Stevens said.

“This enables them to complete the application at their own convenience and not have to wait to do it when they come to the sheriff’s office,” Stevens stated in a news release Friday afternoon. “They can also pay for the permits online with a credit or debit card so they don’t have to bring a check or cash to the sheriff’s office.”

The sheriff’s spokesman also pointed out that applicants will still have to visit the sheriff’s office to be fingerprinted, “but by having already completed the necessary paperwork the process should be expedited,” Stevens stated in the release.

The qualification process to determine if a person has the legal right to purchase and own a handgun is the same as it has always been, the spokesman added.

For more information go to www.wakegov.com/sheriff or call 919-856-6949.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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