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 received Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00. If you are unable to print your application, we will do it for you. You may return your application for processing to 805 Washington Street, Whiteville N.C. or our Eastern Division at 356 Delco School Road Delco, N.C. within 5 days from application date.
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.