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statement asserting that “This legislation preserves the Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians by repealing the outdated pistol permit system.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.”



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  • Thomas

    High time! The archaic sheriff approval system was designed to allow the local sheriff in the county where you lived to keep handguns away from those he deemed undesirable. It was a throwback to Jim Crow days and it caused many law abiding buyers to have to jump through hoops to get the paperwork right. Last time I bought a pistol I had to have three Dare County residents meet me at my bank so that a notary could witness their signatures on my application. I know of no other state that had this archaic system. Good riddance to a bad law!

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 3:51 pm
  • Charles

    How does the passage of this bill make it easier for “prohibited” persons to acquire guns? If buying in a retail store, the customer must complete Federal Form 4473 from which eligibility to buy a gun is verified. Lying on that form supposedly carrys a significant jail time penalty if charged and convicted. “Prohibited” persons usually buy guns person to person the same way they buy various outlawed drugs.

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 4:47 pm
  • Greg

    Brilliant….more pistols in the hands of criminals and psychos in our communities. Legal gun buyers can now make money selling pistols into the black market for profit more easily than ever.

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 6:14 pm
  • obxron

    Will the same Republicans who are so concerned with the 2nd Amendment be the ones to offer more “thoughts and prayers” when we have the next school shooting?

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 6:27 pm
  • Charles

    The recent Nashville shooter reportedly bought its guns from federally licensed dealers over some period of time. Such purchases require a background check with data the would-be purchaser supplies on Federal Form 4473. Lying on that form may lead to penalties for perjury up to and including jail time. How would the now cancelled NC pistol permit system have prevented this murderer from acquiring guns, since it passed the federally required background check and thus was not a “prohibited person”? Prohibited persons can acquire guns illegally just as they can acquire prohibited/illegal recreational drugs.

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 6:44 pm
  • Kathy

    Anyone injured or killed by a handgun in NC should receive a card of apology or (worse) condolences from EVERY MEMBER OF THE NC HOUSE who voted for this abomination. Thanks for trying Governor.

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 6:53 pm
  • Chris

    Good job NC. This will make every law abiding citizen safer

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 8:02 pm
  • Betsy

    Becky Ceartas Is brainwashed by all the retarded people who can’t add 2+2!
    We all know if more good guys have guns, more bad guys are scared & go away!
    More good guys have guns, & stop the bad guys.
    Bad guys don’t purchase their guns obeying the laws. The laws only suppress the good guys. & break the constitution

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 8:28 pm
  • Travis

    Funny how the “if one person’s life is saved because someone had a gun to protect them” argument dissolves when applied to this law. Yes, it was cumbersome but to be sure it did block certain persons from buying a gun who shouldn’t have been allowed to. The federal background check is something of a joke. If you’ve ever done one on an employee only to find out later, “oops,” they had a bunch of convictions for stuff the feds don’t know about, you’ll understand the inadequacy of the check.

    Next up on the chopping block, the repeal of the necessity to acquire a concealed carry permit.

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 8:29 pm
  • Smart Ass

    Thank you North Carolina for standing up to the people who want to take away our 2nd amendment! The next thing that should be done is to put a armed guard with a long gun at every school with one way in and one way out so they can stop these maniacs before they strike! Trying to be nice and not have people there with a gun to stop these idiots is part of the problem!

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 9:27 pm
  • Johnny B. Good

    Good job North Carolina! The people who want to take away our 2nd amendment are part of the problem!

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 9:31 pm
  • Alex

    Good job republicans .. good bless y’all . Be careful out there..

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 10:33 pm
  • Anyon

    Anyone here who doesn’t like our laws are welcome to leave. “Bye”

    Wednesday, Mar 29 @ 11:10 pm

    Democrats are always against anything that protects our way of life and our rights on the second ammendment. No we need a new Governor and new President with backbone.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 5:58 am
  • Ray

    Now, that’s done. Let’s move on and breathe life back into requiring voter ID.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 6:21 am
  • WBN

    I’ve been around guns for years and not a single one of them has killed anybody. The person with the gun kills. MOST people that go thru legal channels are not a threat. Those on the news
    that kill do not buy guns legally. Take away all guns and those who want to kill will find another way. What next, ban all knives? Put more effort into taking away illegal and black market guns and putting away criminals instead of giving them a slap on the hand.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 6:32 am
  • Glenn

    Excellent news! Thank you, N.C.!

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 7:57 am
  • Bruce

    Bad people will get guns no matter what laws are in place. Glad to see a hurdle removed for the good people trying to protect themselves and their families

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 8:17 am
  • lippy

    NC and the rest of this country need more mental health laws/programs not more gun laws.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 8:31 am
  • Edward Scott

    Every member of the senate who voted on this bill should be held liable for any injury committed by someone who purchases a pistol who would have been denied before. Too many crazy people and felons owning guns illegally.

    Thursday, Mar 30 @ 8:41 am