At The Range we assist customers from both North and South Carolina in the acquisition of firearms. Many people are not aware of the process to purchase a firearm in our two states. The following attempts to give a brief explanation of the process.
South Carolina is rather easy as far as the process is concerned. To purchase a handgun or long gun in SC you are required to have either a Concealed carry permit, or have an instant background check done. If you do not have a concealed carry permit, The firearms dealer will have you fill out an ATF form 4473. Once this is filled out, the dealer will perform a NICs background check.
The NICs background check will bring back one of three results: Approved, the purchase can continue; Delayed – the purchase can not continue until an approval comes back; Denied – the sale is denied.
If the purchaser has a concealed carry permit, the purchaser will fill out a 4473 form and the purchase will commence.
All purchasers must have a valid government id, such as a driver’s license. There are other acceptable forms of id, contact The Range for details.
If you are a North Carolina resident, the same regulations and processes apply as above for the purchase of a long gun (rifle or shotgun). If you are purchasing a handgun in NC you are required to have either a concealed carry permit or a pistol purchase permit. No NICs background check will be run for a pistol purchase.
All purchasers must have a valid government id as well and the address must match the address on your permit.
Long Guns can be purchased in a state other than your state of residence. Ie: NC residents can purchase a long gun in SC and vice versa. If you have a concealed carry permit, your concealed carry permit is valid to purchase handguns only in your state of residence.
Some people have acquired non-resident CCW permits. While these do allow you to legally carry concealed in certain states, these permits are not valid permits for purchasing.