JACKSONVILLE - Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says there will no longer be a wait list for those who need their gun permits processed.
Brown says that last month, about 430 people in Onslow County were having to wait weeks to have their concealed handgun or firearm purchase permits processed.
Brown says about 75 men and women contact his office every day asking about handgun permits. Brown says people have expressed concern about losing their 2nd Amendment rights after President Barack Obama's recent push for stricter gun control.
Brown says he's hired two part-time staffers to assist the five people in the gun permits office who have worked for the past few weeks to process permit requests.
In order to purchase a gun in North Carolina, applicants must pass a background check and get a permit from the local Sheriff's office.
To get a concealed handgun permit, the applicant must attend a class to learn everything from gun laws and proper shooting techniques to maintenance and ammunition. An exam and time at the range are also required.
The Sheriff says that between Jan. 12 and March 7, the firearm purchase permit and concealed handgun programs have generated about $40,000 in Onslow County.
Since the permit programs started in 1996, the county has generated about $500,000.
For each application and renewal fee, $35 goes toward the Sheriff's department to pay for law enforcement needs.