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Online gun permits now available

Nash County residents wanting to purchase gun permits can now do so online, thanks to a new online gun permit purchase program the Nash County Sheriff’s Office is offering.

The new system will go into effect Monday, April 1.

Lt. David Wooten said for the most part, the gun permit process will remain the same. The only change, Wooten said, is that the application will be filled out online and all correspondence will be handled via email.

“It will be done the exact same way we normally do it,” Wooten said. “ We’ll just notify them by email if we need info.

Wooten said the number of gun permits issued this year has risen drastically. In 2012, a total of 2,200 gun permits were issued. Already in January and February of this year, 857 permits have been issued. Wooten said he thinks the increase is possibly due to proposed gun regulations but could also be because of the increase in shootings around the nation.

“(The online system) is an easier way to track and keep up with the amount we are doing,” he said.

The new system will allow those applying for gun permits to pay with a credit card, though cash and money orders will still be accepted at the Sheriff’s Office. Another feature of the new system is notification via email of receipt of the online application, the need for additional information and the issuance or denial of the permit via automated emails.

Applicants can also check the status of their order online, using an order number and their email address.

The online system will auto‚Äźgenerate permits for those applicants that are approved. Wooten said that would result in new permit numbers. Once the application is approved, the applicant has to present his/her driver’s license or I.D. with matching name and address in person at the Sheriff’s Office.

Wooten said having the online system will be convenient for both citizens and staff at the Sheriff’s Office. The online system will help reduce the manpower needed at the Sheriff’s Office to handle permits. For citizens wanting to get gun permits, only one trip to the Sheriff’s Office is necessary. 

The cost for the permit is still $5 but Wooten said a $3 service charge will be added to use the online system.

For those that don’t have internet, they can use a computer at the Sheriff’s Office but an email address is required.

“There will be a kiosk in the Sheriff’s Office in the lobby if somebody wants to come up here and do it up here,” Wooten said.

The Sheriff’s Office will no longer accept paper applications after Friday, March 29.

Wooten said the new system will only apply to gun permits and not concealed weapons permits or renewals.

However, Wooten said he expects a similar system will soon start doing the same for concealed weapons permits.

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