General Information

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.

The Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict state guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for Concealed Weapon Permits. Due to the nature of the detailed due dilligence, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks. During the application process, you will be asked to schedule an appointment (for New and Renewal CCW permits). Depending on the current volume of CCW requests, the earliest appointment may be 4 - 8 weeks into the future. Please note that you will be asked to pay now to reserve your appointment.

Concealed Weapon Permits can be obtained from the county sheriff of your county of residence.

If you are RENEWING a Concealed Weapon Permit, you MUST apply at least 30 days PRIOR to the expiration date, but no more that 45 days prior.

If your permit has EXPIRED, but it has been LESS than 60 days since the fee is $90.00.

If 60 or more days has passed since your permit expired, you must apply for a NEW permit. You must also submit a NEW Training Certificate and NEW Fingerprints.


  • A New Concealed Weapon Permit costs $90.00, which includes the $10.00 fingerprinting fee.
  • A Renewal Concealed Weapon Permit costs $85.00.
  • To request a Duplicate Permit or a Change of Address, please come in to the Sheriff's Office.
  • Applications for CCW will be processed Mondays to Fridays between 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • Click on the links to the left to apply for a permit.


Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.

Permit to Carry Information

Concealed Handgun Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a citizen or a naturalized citizen;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • have attained at least one month's residency (30 days) in Franklin County;
  • not suffer from any mental or physical infirmity which would prevent safe handgun handling and operation
  • at the time of pickup, provide a valid driver's license or other picture ID with current address provided by the State of North Carolina.
  • successfully complete a firearms training and safety course that has been designed by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Commission (See Yellow Pages or a firearms dealer for businesses that provide training).

Please note that as part of the application process, you will authorize the Franklin County Clerk of Superior Court to inform the Sheriff of Fraknlin County whether or not the clerks’ records contain the record of any involuntary mental commitment proceeding under Article 5 of Chapter 122C of the General Statutes in which you have been named as a respondent. The purpose of this release is to enable the Sheriff to determine your qualification and competence to purchase a concealed weapon permit.

A criminal background check is performed on each applicant before granting the permit. The processing of the concealed carry weapons permit takes much longer than the handgun purchase permit. The Sheriff has forty-five (45) days from the time all application materials, to include receipt of the mental health records, are received to either issue or deny a permit. N.C. General Statute 14-415-15(a).

Anyone interested in applying for a concealed carry weapon permit must make an appointment online using this system. Prior to using this system, make sure you have the following information available.

  • NC Driver's license number
  • NC Firearms Training Certificate Number (located at the bottom right corner of the certificate)

If you have a Law Enforcement Qualification (N.C.G.S § 14-415.12(A)), you MUST bring the following items with you in order to exempt you from taking the NC Firearms Safety Training Course:

  1. Firearms Qualification Scores that are within the last 12 months.
  2. A letter from your superior stating that you are not under any disciplinary action and are eligible to carry your weapon.
  3. Your law enforcement ID badge


A Concealed Weapon Permit requires a $90.00 non-refundable fee (which includes a $10.00 fingerprint fee) payable online using any major credit or debit card.

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For More Information, Contact:

Gun Permits
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
285 T. Kemp Road
Louisburg, NC 27549

phone: (919) 496-2186

NC General Statute 14-315.1: Storage of firearms to protect minors

(a) Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:

  1. Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14-269.2(b);
  2. Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;
  3. Causes personal injury or death with it not in self defense; or
  4. Uses it in the commission of a crime.

(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from carrying a firearm on his or her body, or placed in such close proximity that it can be used as easily and quickly as if carried on the body.

(c) This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.

(d) "Minor" as used in this section means a person under 18 years of age who is not emancipated. (1993, c. 558, s. 2; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 11.)