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.