Wake County sheriff cuts wait time for pistol permits after gun rights groups sued

How do gun laws differ in North and South Carolina? North Carolina’s gun laws are slightly less strict than South Carolina’s. By Stephanie Bunao | Ashley Jean Reese captions and subtitles off, selected North Carolina’s gun laws are slightly less strict than South Carolina’s. By Stephanie Bunao | Ashley Jean Reese The Wake County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it will once again process pistol permit applications within 14 days. During an unprecedented increase in applications, people have had to wait for permits for up to 70 days. Uncertainty during the pandemic and civil unrest as protests have broken out across the country have increased the demand for guns, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eric Curry said. “There is the fear that during election years, the Second Amendment would be a major political issue and that the new administration might make changes,” Curry said. “Gun and ammunition sales surge ahead of every election.” The Sheriff’s Office has issued 47,000 permits to Wake County residents so far this year, up from 12,616 in 2019 and 12,229 in 2018, a release from the Sheriff’s Office stated. Because of the high number of applications, the Sheriff’s Office took longer to process them — as long as 70 days. The Sheriff’s Office is required by state law to process pistol permit applications within 14 days. During that time, the Clerk of Courts conducts background checks to make sure applicants meet all requirements to own a gun in North Carolina. However, in March, the Sheriff’s Office temporarily […]

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