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Another advantage of a CCH permit

Written By: Bob - Nov• 27•12

I’m not sure how it works in other states, but in North Carolina, if you have a concealed carry permit, you don’t have to mess with getting a federal background check for gun purchases (since your CCH permit did a much deeper background check). That would have really turned out to be useful on Black Friday, where the FBI NICS background check system collapsed under a record volume of calls.

So many gun dealers called the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday.

Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday.

“We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn’t get through,” Adam Copp, president of Howell’s Guns & Archery Center in Gray, said Monday. “I don’t know what the problem was. They set a record last Black Friday, so I figured it had something to do with that.”

Many people—including the majority of my CCH class—got their permits to streamline the purchase of firearms and avoid the archaic pistol permitting process in North Carolina, yet another relic of the Jim Crow south that is still used by Democrats today to make legal weapons acquisition as onerous as possible. Without a CCH, you have to go to the Sheriff’s Dept to get a permit each and every time you want to purchase a handgun. With a CCH, you don’t have to mess with this silly permitting process, and simply show your CCH and ID to purchase any non-NFA firearm.

Grassroots NC recently asked what gun laws North Carolinians would like to see revised, and I proposed another silly archaic law I’d like to see done away with, which is the local LEO sign-off on NFA items (automatic weapons, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors, etc), which has led to a bizarre patchwork of permitting across the state based upon the personal preferences of local Sheriffs. Shooters in some counties can have NFA items after passing through the already onerous and too-expensive federal system, but local LEOs can block that through state law by simply not signing off on the permits.

That is absurd, and hopefully something our first fully-Republican government in NC in more than 100 years will address.

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4 Comments

  1. Steve Skubinna says:

    In WA it’s the same – plus if you have a CCP you aren’t subject to the two week wait. Fill out the form, the gun shop checks your permit status, pay and take it home.

    I’m with you on the other proposal as well. Since you’re paying a federal tax on an SBR or suppressor, why does the local sheriff need to be involved?

  2. louielouie says:

    what stands out to me in this is:

    director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division

    why is the fbi’s criminal justice information service giving out this information?
    this is a legal purchase of an item. what crime has been committed? sort of telling about what uncle sam thinks of an armed citizenry.

  3. louielouie says:

    i also got this notice from an online ammo store i frequent:

    Last week we were hit with a huge onslaught of demand… around 10pm Tuesday night when Ohio was called we saw our volume increase by 400%!

    Our team was at the office until 2am and back up around 5am hunting for deals. Our warehouse team has been working 7 days a week to ensure that we stay on top of this market frenzy. Over the past week, you may have seen a message on our site regarding possible shipping delays outside of our standard same day shipping policy (if placed before 3pm EST). We wanted to alert you that we are now back up to speed and able to deliver on our super fast shipping policy with every order!

  4. Robert says:

    I’m pretty sure you can get up to ten permits per trip to the Sheriff ‘s office, but they also have a expiration date (I think 1 yr but I may be mistaken on that). But yeah, that whole mess needs to be gotten rid of anyways.