Civilian Weapons Permitting through Columbus County Sheriff's Office
The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office issues two types of permits relating to handguns:
Permit to purchase a handgun, which must be obtained to purchase a handgun, and Concealed handgun permit, which must be obtained to carry a concealed handgun.
Purchase permit applications are administered on Monday thru Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Records Division, 805 Washington St., Whiteville, NC.
On August 11th, 2004, the Governor signed into law that citizens with a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons Permit) can purchase handguns through dealers, using their CCW.
If you are in a vehicle and stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should put both hands on the steering wheel, announce you are in possession of a concealed handgun and state where you have it concealed, and that you are in possession of a permit. Do not remove your hands from the wheel until instructed to do so by the officer.