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Handgun Permits: Only a County Sheriff is authorized under G.S. 14-402 to issue a permit to receive or purchase a handgun or crossbow when an application is submitted by a resident of his particular county. Prior to issuing a permit, the Sheriff must fully satisfy himself by affidavits, oral evidence or otherwise, that the applicant is of good moral character and that the person, firm, or corporation wants to possess the weapon for one of the following purposes:
The applicant need only come by the Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm, and complete an application. There is a 3 (Business) Day Waiting Period. The cost is $5. You must provide the following information:
You can also apply online.
In order to acquire such a permit, an individual must apply to the Sheriff's Office in the county in which he resides. As a part of the application, the person must submit several items. They must complete an application, under oath, on a form provided by the Sheriff's Office. They must pay a non-refundable fee of $90.
New Concealed Carry Applicants may apply Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm by coming by the Sheriff's Office. Renewal Applicants may apply Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm by coming by the Sheriff's Office.
The applicant must provide an original certificate of completion of an approved handgun safety course. The applicant must also provide a release that authorizes and requires disclosure to the Sheriff of any records concerning the mental health or capacity of the applicant.
The Sheriff has 90 days from the time all of the application materials are received to either issue or deny a permit. In order for the applicant to be approved, they must:
Yes, The Sheriff's Office is always open for you to come in and speak with him.
Because of his commitment to Caldwell County, he may not always be in the office so it is best to call for an appointment. If you call by phone and he is not in the office, you can leave your telephone number, and he will return your call.
The telephone number for Sheriff's office is 828-754-1518.
You are encouraged to come by the Sheriff's Office at any time to look at your Sheriff's Office and Detention Center. We will be happy to take you through the building and answer any questions you may have. (Covid Restrictions may apply)
There is someone available 24 hours per day at the Sheriffs office; however, specific divisions have their own hours.
Administration: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Phone 828-754-1518
Civil Division: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Phone 828-754-0576
Detective Division: Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm Phone 828-759-1554
Detention Center: 24 hours a day. Phone 828-759-1510
Communications: 24 hours a day. Phone 828-758-2324 or 911 for emergencies.