Dare County Sheriff explains new NC gun law  

By on March 29, 2023

Pistol purchase permitting laws eliminated

On the afternoon of March 29, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office published this Public Service Announcement on its Facebook page. It explains the impact of the passage of Senate Bill 41 by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Here is the announcement.

Effective immediately, any person seeking to purchase or transfer a handgun in North Carolina is no longer required to apply to the sheriff for a pistol purchase permit. All pistol purchase permitting laws in North Carolina have been eliminated by the enactment of Senate Bill 41, Guarantee 2nd Amend Freedom and Protections.

Senate Bill 41 was approved by the General Assembly and sent to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature on March 16, 2023.  The Governor had 10 days to veto the bill to avoid the bill becoming law and the bill was vetoed by the Governor on March 24, 2023. The bill was then sent back to the General Assembly to see whether or not there was sufficient support to override the Governor’s veto in each chamber of the General Assembly.

Yesterday, the Senate successfully voted to override the governor’s veto by a three-fifths vote of Senate members present and voting. The bill was then sent to the House for a vote to override the Governor’s veto. This morning the House successfully voted to override the Governor’s veto by a three-fifths vote of House members present and voting.  Senate Bill 41 became law immediately once the governor’s veto was overridden in the House.


In the wake of the vote to override, NC House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement asserting that “This legislation preserves the Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians by repealing the outdated pistol permit system. It also allows all churches and other place of religious worship to protect their parishioners and launches a statewide firearm safe storage awareness initiative.”

The opposing view came in a statement from Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Voice.  “Make no mistake, this vote to override Governor Cooper’s veto of SB 41 puts every North Carolinian’s safety in greater peril,” she declared. “Our legislature should be working to keep us safe from gun violence, not making it easier for prohibited people to get guns and put us more at risk.”



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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  • Czarina

    People are allowed to say “don’t like our laws- leave,” “Democrats are always against laws that protect our way of life and our rights on the second amendment,” but you won’t list my comment how right-wingers are pro-birth but not pro-life.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 9:54 am
  • james

    If the Republicans could succeed and form their own country it would look like a third world country in a matter of weeks. Children and citizens would be plagued by gun violence to an extent unimaginable. The EPA and all environmental laws would be banned and the citizens would drink lead and heavy chemicals in the water. Next they would sale all the parklands to the oil and gas companies. They would eliminate all minimum wage and labor laws which they have long wanted to do. Next they would ban all other religions as Republicans believe in a purely Christian nation. All technology such as wind and solar would be banished or heavily curtailed as Republicans only believe in fossil fuels. They would ban the press as they have tried so hard to do. They would kill the right to vote as they are trying so hard to do. In short, a Republican country would look a lot like Mississippi which is not far from Haiti in statistics such as health and education. Their Motto would not be “In God We Trust” it would be “Gods and Guns”. Trump a deranged manic would be their dear leader and they would bow to him as a God and their dear leader. Kool-aid would be the drink of choice. I wish they would hurry up and succeed so we can all build a civilized and safe society for ourselves and our children.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 10:31 am
  • Political smoke and mirrors

    Politicians use any and every headline as an opportunity to create more division. Standard operating procedure for Pol’s as is the case here.

    I bought two handguns through the pistol purchase system. Easy peasy. Then at a later date I ordered a shotgun online and had it delivered to a local FFL as is required by law. When the FFL ran me through NICS I came back denied (clerical error on my criminal record) It took me two months to straighten that mess out. NICS worked as is should but what happened with the two previous handgun purchases? Obviously the sheriff staff did not run me through NICS and just did a background check of their own with their records or I would have been denied.

    My point is that it isn’t any easier to buy a handgun now and may in fact be more difficult. The only real change is that it removes any opportunity for the Sheriff’s staff to deny someone for a personal or some other non-legal reason that they are not actually empowered to do. I very seriously doubt that actually happens but it could under the old law. North Carolina was a shall issue state to begin with vs a May Issue State (like New York and a lot of other blue states) where the Sherrif can do anything he wants ala Jim Crow.

    Facts always get in the way of a good political rant.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 10:59 am
  • 1958

    So many transplants upset with the way we have lived for years. There are more guns than people on this beach and it will be that way forever.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 11:53 am
  • John Reston

    Let’s even things up now that we don’t have to track handguns at the state level. Start with arming every schoolteacher and all K-12 admin folks. Don’t forget the receptionist and the cafe workers – many of whom will see the highest volume of action. Take some of those pesky tax dollars (that teachers don’t really need anyway) and purchase a proudly US-made 9mm pistol and 1 box of ammo. Figure about $500.00 per employee. Employees are free to purchase their own gun or bring one from home. But no semi-automatic rifles! That would be unfair.

    Next, set aside another $500.00 for select pupils who will be trained to “stand their (play)ground” in the event of another active shooter scenario which, let’s face it, is inevitable in this country. Use the baseball/kickball field for target practice. These courageous scholars will be the envy of their peers which will cause many other students to strive to be the next Beacon of Brandished Bravery. Rotate the gun and the student every week so everyone gets their moment to shine! Participation awards to be given at the school’s discretion.

    It’s an all-around win situation! When everyone has a gun then maybe those sickos will think twice about shooting up a school, right? Next up – arming public librarians, doctors & nurses and Welcome Center employees. “Welcome to the Outer Banks. We hope you have a BLAST!”

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 2:06 pm
  • charlie

    A good question to ask is……Sheriff Doughtie-What do you think of this law?..Has someone gotten through the national databank but you refused because of your local knowledge?

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 2:20 pm
  • WindyBill

    We will know for gooder or badder in 2 years or so. The decision standard must be “Did the law change cause or reduce the number of shootings?” Shootings could go either way based on other reasons. We Must look at which will be the case.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 3:09 pm
  • disgruntled

    charlie , excellent question!

    james, there is no way to begin conversation with you, turn off your electronic devices.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 5:28 pm
  • A to the B

    @ james: the word is SECEDE, not succeed. As it turns out, N.C. did SUCCEED. Great job N.C. from a concerned Michigander.

    Friday, Mar 31 @ 8:50 am
  • Mike Raphone

    @Edward Scott: They STILL have to get a Federal background check done (Federal Form 4473). The only difference is, we aren’t paying the Sheriff’s department $5 apiece to be allowed to do so.

    @Anyone who says anyone responsible for this new law should be held liable, maybe if we enforced the gun laws already in place, we wouldn’t have such a problem. Please see:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBwDzQ9gvxg I bet you won’t watch because it doesn’t fit your agenda.

    @James. You are hopeless. and to echo what Disgruntled said – “there is no way to begin conversation with you, turn off your electronic devices”.

    Friday, Mar 31 @ 8:53 am
  • Alice in Wonderland

    With all due respect, where the Democrats are currently in charge, like in Chicago and Detroit, crime and violence have taken over. That’s a fact and can be read about in the news every day!!! Pull your head out of the sand! Democrats have been in charge there for a very, very long time and those areas are riddled with crime. No thank you.

    Friday, Mar 31 @ 12:03 pm
  • charlie

    Folks dumping on james….He was being sarcastic.. But many of the underlying points he makes about what the republican party has done do ring true…For instance the law passed a few years ago when there was talk of fracking drilling would be done in our state.. Fracking uses nasty chemicals so they made a law that no matter what happens at a drill site nobody gets to know what chemicals were used except for first responders who were forbidden under law to announce the chemicals and dangers to the public……Yeah…they did this…

    Friday, Mar 31 @ 12:41 pm
  • Johnny B. Good

    Good job North Carolina!!

    Friday, Mar 31 @ 7:20 pm
  • Look@See

    Yeah right 😂 that’s why all the blue cities are doing SOOOO much better.. seriously we are transplants. I’m a veteran and was stationed in NC, my city turned blue while I was in the service and went straight to crap. We moved here to be safe and give our children a chance to live a semi normal life, but yeah it’s “Republicans” fault that liberal cities are all violent crime ridden dumps.

    Wednesday, Apr 5 @ 9:19 am
  • bruce

    I’m curious how this changes things – A VA guy moving to Oak Island soon – In VA there’s a background check done by the state and that’s it – No special permissions needed – I don’t believe VA legally purchased firearm owners are on a murderess rampage and now that’s coming to NC since the law change. Do you folks?
    NC has carried auto opening knives forever – In VA the previous gov. said “These weapons have been deemed so dangerous the General Assy. has deemed them illegal”
    Please – Give me a break.
    Now, in July we’ll be able to carry auto openers – Should I believe the unwashed masses will now have an auto knife killing spree?
    2A – If you’re not a felon and legally allowed to carry a firearm according to the 2A then you should carry – Why has there never been a mass school shooting in Utah? – No Sheriff was involved – Thanks folks,

    Wednesday, Apr 5 @ 8:34 pm