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Old November 28th, 2016, 03:53 PM   #1
 
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Moving to NC getting a CCW

In the coming year we are moving to NC. So a CCW is in my future. Never really gave it much thought living here in NJ. But now I am realizing the heavy responsibility that comes with it. For someone who never carried before can be a little scary. I'm 67 in great shape. Been shooting since the late 70's

Any thoughts or tips that would put me more at ease would be a great help.



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In the coming year we are moving to NC. So a CCW is in my future. Never really gave it much thought living here in NJ. But now I am realizing the heavy responsibility that comes with it. For someone who never carried before can be a little scary. I'm 67 in great shape. Been shooting since the late 70's

Any thoughts or tips that would put me more at ease would be a great help.
Come on down, love it here in NC. Had my ccw for several years, and I know many, many others that also have ccw's here. Its a more firearm friendly state if you stay away from the big cities, they are more liberal congregations there. Yes its a big responsibility, but its also a great way to protect you and others you care about.

In NC your ccw is also the same number as your driver license number, which allows leo to know when they run your personal license plate. Another benefit of having a ccw, it allows you to purchase a pistol then and there within the state, without having to get a permit for purchase from the sheriff for every pistol you purchase, and waiting for a background check everytime. The permit is good for 5 years. Think mine was $100 every 5 years to renew. You will have to be finger printed and go through the process ( submit the paperwork) after you complete the ccw course. Course takes a day, usually 5 or 6 hours, similiar to hunter safety course. You shoot in the end to qualify. Not really that hard, but can take a few months for the paperwork to be finialized, then they call you, and you go pick up the permit from the sheriffs office in the county where you reside. Hope that helps, if you have questions I will try to answer them, if I can.
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Tacky, thanks for the quick response. I'm sure there will be more questions to come. Going to be in the Sunset Beach area. Not a golfer so will be looking for a gun club to join. Haven't seen any ranges in that area. The only thing i'll miss here in NJ is my gun club in central NJ. It's one of the best in the country and only 15 minutes from my home. Have lots of homework to do.
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As a New Jersey gun owner I am jealous. When I hear about the "problems" other states gun owners worry about I realize the unbelief in Free America about the scraps of gun rights we in New Jersey only dream about having. Being able to go to a gu range from home after taking my unloaded cased gun to work and then going to the range instead of haveing to go home and then bringing my gun directly to the range and then going directly home and not stopping for gas or to pickup milk. Yes if I did that I would be violating the New Jersey gun laws.
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Tacky, thanks for the quick response. I'm sure there will be more questions to come. Going to be in the Sunset Beach area. Not a golfer so will be looking for a gun club to join. Haven't seen any ranges in that area. The only thing i'll miss here in NJ is my gun club in central NJ. It's one of the best in the country and only 15 minutes from my home. Have lots of homework to do.
I know this will offend the golfers, but I have always said that all golf courses should be either turned into motorcross tracks, or shooting ranges. I have played golf, just isn't my thing, unless someone would drive a few golf balls of the green, and let me shoot them with a rifle.

Their are a few gun clubs, ranges here, not many that I know of near the beach. Except maybe in Wilmington. Think thats in the area of sunset beach, but im not sure. I travel through there several times a year going to Myrtle Beach SC.
You will be around alot of military, and veterans with all the bases around here. Army, Air Force, and Marines. All in all its a great place to live, I also reside in eastern NC. Biggest difference here is that instead of large gun clubs with x amount of members, people here just go out and shoot where ever they can. Which is alot of places.

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Tacky, thanks for the quick response. I'm sure there will be more questions to come. Going to be in the Sunset Beach area. Not a golfer so will be looking for a gun club to join. Haven't seen any ranges in that area. The only thing i'll miss here in NJ is my gun club in central NJ. It's one of the best in the country and only 15 minutes from my home. Have lots of homework to do.
We have a cottage at Sunset Beach. You will want to go to Outback Shooting Range, in Ash. It's a small 5 lane setup, but it's almost like having your own private range. Ray is the owner and a really nice guy. He has a sweet SS P90 that I can't get him to sell.

There is allegedly a range in Myrtle Beach where you can rent several full auto weapons. That's about 40 miles away.

Hope you enjoy Sunset, of course I really wish you wouldn't move down. It's getting too crowded at the beach!

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I really wish you wouldn't move down. It's getting too crowded at the beach!
Haha! Beat me to it! Too many damn Yankees down here already!

Just kidding, Nam Vet (another hearty Thank You for your service to our great nation).

You should have no problem getting your CCW but like Tacky says, it is a process. Reading about states with constitutional carry, it is easy to bemoan all the red tape and cost to exercise our RTBA, but reading about what it's like in places like NJ, it is hard to complain too loudly.
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In the coming year we are moving to NC. So a CCW is in my future. Never really gave it much thought living here in NJ. But now I am realizing the heavy responsibility that comes with it. For someone who never carried before can be a little scary. I'm 67 in great shape. Been shooting since the late 70's

Any thoughts or tips that would put me more at ease would be a great help.
Glad to here the move to a friendlier CC climate my friend. Take a quality training course, as it can teach you a lot, especially moving to a new state.
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Thanks guys for all the kind words. My beautiful wife says it will be the start of a new life adventure. Her sister and husband live about 10 minutes from where we are going. Screaming Liberals but we have always agreed to disagree.
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There is allegedly a range in Myrtle Beach where you can rent several full auto weapons. That's about 40 miles away.

Hope you enjoy Sunset, of course I really wish you wouldn't move down. It's getting too crowded at the beach!

"The Gun Store" on Hwy 701 in Conway. Fairly new, great service, decent prices. They do have a full auto rental selection. Great indoor range though. Spacious, air conditioned. 5 rifle lanes separated by 5 pistol lanes. It's an extra 10-15min out of the way for me from the range closer to home, but it's worth the extra trip. Wife is more comfortable shooting there too.

Welcome from NJ! We moved down to Myrtle in April from Boston and love it.



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Nam Vet you will like it here, until you get your CHP(concealed handgun permit) you can OC almost everyplace you can CC. My understanding is the process for CHP is about 5 weeks after paperwork has been submitted to the Sheriff's Dept.

We have been OCing for years here, it was the only way to carry before the CHP law went into effect. Not as common as it used to be but still people do not bat an eye at the sight of a gun.
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Nam Vet you will like it here, until you get your CHP(concealed handgun permit) you can OC almost everyplace you can CC. My understanding is the process for CHP is about 5 weeks after paperwork has been submitted to the Sheriff's Dept.

We have been OCing for years here, it was the only way to carry before the CHP law went into effect. Not as common as it used to be but still people do not bat an eye at the sight of a gun.
Thats true, its normal to see people in my area open carrying, see it all the time in wally world, and many other places. I open carry on occassion, but most of the time i like the out of sight out of mind approach.
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You have a couple options:

A) The NC resident permit:

You can read the requirements for a concealed carry permit on page 14 of this document, which is from the NC attorney general covering current NC gun laws.

NC-Firearms-gun-Laws.aspx

In short you must:

1. Be a citizen of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States;

2. Have been a resident of the State of North Carolina for not less than thirty (30) days immediately preceding the filing of the application;

3. Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

4. Not suffer from any physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun; and

5. Have successfully completed an approved firearms training course (unless specifically exempted from the course by State law).

6. Complete an application, under oath, on a form provided by the sheriff's office;

7. Pay a non-refundable fee of $80.00;

8. Allow the sheriff's office to take two (2) full sets of fingerprints, which may cost up to $10.00;

9. Provide an original certificate of completion of an approved handgun safety course (this should cost between $85 and $125, and if it's costing more than $125 you need to shop around); and

10. Provide a release authorizing disclosure to the sheriff of any record concerning the applicant's mental health or capacity.

The sheriff must submit any request for records within 10 days of the date of application and once the Sheriff receives the documents he has 45 days to either approve or deny the application, so in most NC counties it is no more than a 60 to 75 day process to get a permit and should be faster in rural counties. It will vary by county depending on the workload in the Sheriff's office.

NC is a shall issue state so unless you've got a mental health or criminal history it should fly right through.

In NC, training includes 4 hours of academic training on firearm safety, 4 hours of training on the use of deadly force in NC, and live fire qualification. Courses of fire used by various instructors seem to vary based on the classes I've seen at the range.

The NC resident permit is good for 5 years and can be renewed within 90 days of the expiration date. Renewal fee is $75 and if you were printed in the AIFS system after June 30, 2001, an applicant does not need to submit new prints. New safety training is not mandated for renewal as a matter of state law, but stat law does leave the option to the local sheriff to require additional safety training prior to renewal.

B) The VA non resident permit:

You can get a non resident VA CCW permit and it will be valid in NC when you arrive here. That would eliminate the 30 day wait for residency, any wait while you complete a training course and the 45-75 day wait for the permit to be approved. The process is a little different and the details can be found here:

Virginia State Police - Resident Concealed Handgun Permits

1. Send away for the Virginia Nonresident Concealed Handgun Application Package. This will include a fingerprint card, the application (which you can also print out), general instructions, and the nonresident permit checklist (which you can also print out). This can be done by emailing a request to nonresidentpermit@vsp.virginia.gov, or mailing a request to:

Firearms Transaction Center
Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

2. Prove proficiency with a firearm, by completing a train course (and VA has no live fire requirement so this can be an online course. VA also accepts a DD214 as proof of firearm proficiency.

3. To ensure that you have everything you need, print out the checklist provided by the Virginia State Police.



4. Download and print the Virginia Application for Concealed Handgun Permit. Fill out the permit application, and sign it under the auspices of a licensed notary public.

5. Take and print (or purchase) two identical 2x2 inch photographs of your face. These can be in color, or black and white, and must be in front of a white, or off-white background. They must be similar to a drivers license picture.

6. Make a copy of a state or federal issued identification card.

7. Write a check for $100 to the Virginia State Police.

8. Mail the package to the Virginia State Police:

Firearms Transaction Center
Nonresident CHP Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

And you should get a permit in the mail in about 45 days.

The advantage here is that you could get a permit that could be used in NC before you actually move here.

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In general law enforcement officers in most of the more rural parts of NC are very CCW friendly. In this area (eastern NC) if you get pulled over and are not carrying a concealed weapon a deputy is likely to ask you "Why not?" because most deputies here are very aware that they'll never arrive in time to prevent a violent assault.
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You'll get used to it. Just stay absolutely committed to never having to actually use the bloody thing.
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