Gun Permits


Permits to buy handguns in North Carolina can be obtained from the county sheriff (or, in some counties, the clerk of superior court). In Union County, it is the Sheriff’s Office.

You must obtain a handgun purchase permit whether you purchase the weapon from a commercial dealer or a private individual. The requirement also applies whether it is a transaction for money, an exchange or a gift. Anytime the weapon changes hands, a permit is required.

You must have one permit for each handgun you are purchasing. Multiple long guns may also be purchased with a single handgun permit, however they must be purchased in a single transaction. Applicants may be issued up to four (4) handgun permits per application.

** If you have a valid concealed carry permit you do not need a purchase permit to buy a handgun.

** Effective October 29, 2012 all handgun permit applications must be completed online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted after October 29, 2012.


Please read the Gun Permit Information below before applying.

When you are ready to apply click on the "Order Permits Online" link below.