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Gun Permits

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens of the proper and safe use and storage of firearms. If you see a gun:

  • Don’t touch it
  • Leave the area
  • Tell a trusted adult
  • Never point a gun (toy or not) at another person

Gun Safety Resources:

North Carolina Gun Laws

Due to the Sheriff’s Office lobby being closed at this time we are accepting all apllications online. You may apply online and mail in or upoload the below information for pistol purchase permits through Permitium (1-Copy of up to date Driver’s License, 2- Notarized Mental Health Release Form, 3- For Military applicants we need a copy of DD-214 showing character of service). **All steps have to be completed and mailed in before we can begin to process this permit request. **

For Concealed Handgun permits and renewals: : Apply online at the links below. Please follow all instructions, fingerprinting dates for NEW CHP will be scheduled by appointment through Permitium.

A handgun purchase permit application can be filled out online here. Permits are being mailed at this time, when approved.

Mental Health Release Forms need to be printed and taken to an outside notary. Once notarized please mail this form along with a copy of your up to date Driver’s License and for Military applicants we need a copy of your DD-214 showing character of service to the Sheriff’s Office.

*We must have all of these before we are able to start the Purchase Permit request.*

Mail to:
Catawba County Gun Permits
PO Box 385
Newton, NC 28658

Before you can receive a permit, you are required to obtain a Concealed Handgun Safety course certificate. Please see the Concealed Carry Instructors tab on this page for a current list of instructors in the state.

When you are ready to apply, please click here to go to our online Permitium site. You will also complete a Physical and Mental Health Release Form, which authorizes the disclosure to the Sheriff of any record concerning the physical and mental health of the applicant. Due to the front office being closed, outside notary is required at this time. No fingerprinting until the lobby opens back up.

It is your responsibility to notify the Records Division of any name, address, or phone number changes that occur during the five years of your permit.

Due to the front office being closed, you can renew your permit online here. An outside notary is required at this time.

The renewal process takes approximately 90 days.

North Carolina Concealed Carry Instructors
Please note this is a partial list that is subject to change.

James Jude Amelia: (828) 499-9122Bobby Craig: (828) 855-4765
Nolan Beam: (704) 579-0825Chris Champion: (704) 860-9489
Yates Alexander Cobb: (828) 437-1211Gianni Niglio: (828)638-0338
Rex A. Sigmon: (828) 320-4735Keith William Harper (828) 234-3979
Jack Edward Simons: (828) 638-6671Dan H. Tharpe: (828) 217-8424
R. H. Meek Jr.: (828) 446-2416Larry Dwight Willis: (704) 462-1948
Frank Willis Jr.: (828) 328-3606Kevin Marcine Ezell: (704) 483-6723
David Jack Pruitt: (828) 320-4619Jerry Thomas Simmons: (828) 850-7817
Connie Pollard: (828) 640-4260