Permit to Purchase Handgun
Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used. In North Carolina, permits to buy handguns can be obtained from the county sheriff.
Anyone wishing to apply for a handgun purchase permit may come into the Sheriff's Office to provide the required information. The application for a handgun purchase permit is available as a fillable pdf here. As an added convenience, you may begin the application process and submit the required fee online by clicking here. The online application will incur an additional $3.00 convenience fee that is assessed by the third party software vendor.
Guns must be carried in plain view. Guns must not be carried in a pocket, purse, under a car seat or in any other concealed manner unless you have a concealed handgun permit.
Permit to Purchase Handgun Application - Fillable Form
Henderson County Appeal Form - Fillable Form
- be a citizen, a naturalized citizen or a resident alien
- be twenty-one (21) years of age
- provide proof of residency in Henderson County
- provide a valid driver's license or other picture ID with current address provided by the state of North Carolina
A criminal background check must be performed before granting of permit.
Permits to purchase handguns cost five dollars ($5.00) each. If you choose to utilize the added convenience of beginning the application process and submitting the required fee online, there is a one-time convenience fee of three dollars ($3.00) charged for each application by the third party software vendor. Please note that this convenience fee is not collected by the Sheriff's Office and is not required for a handgun purchase permit application but is being offered as an added convenience.
Permit to purchase a handgun is valid for a period of five (5) years from date of issue.
- If you keep a handgun in your home, always keep it unloaded and locked up!
- Always lock and store bullets separately from your gun. Young children can figure out how to load a gun.
- Keep a gun lock on your gun after it is unloaded. [Gun locks are excellent devices when used in combination with other safety habits. Gun locks can provide a false sense of security. All it takes is forgetting to lock a gun just one time. Or leaving the key where a child can find it. Always be diligent when using a gun lock. Always double check to make sure that it is locked at all times.]
- Make sure children don't have access to the keys to gun locks and gun and ammunition storage areas.
- Even if you don't own a gun, talk with your children about the danger of guns and what to do if they find one while playing or at a friend's house.
- Explain to your children that guns are dangerous and that they should never touch them.
FOR PURCHASE PERMIT INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Henderson County Sheriff's Office
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792
Administration Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm