note: NCGI is not associated with nor do we promote any particular firearms sellers. This article is intended to provide information on the legal and proper method for transferring long guns in the state of North Carolina.
When you buy or transfer a firearm from an FFL, you must bring proof of identity – a non-expired government-issued ID that has the following:
- A photo of you
- Your current residential address
- Your birthdate
At the gun store, you will be required to fill our the Federal 4473 firearm transaction record and pay for the gun. The gun store staff will use the information you provide on the form to do a background check through the FBI (usually takes about 5 minutes) and if you pass, you will leave the store with your new firearm!
In North Carolina, you may use a pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun license in lieu of the background check. You will still be required to fill out the form 4473 firearm transaction record.