From January 1st through June 30th 2020, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has seen a sizable increase in applications for gun permits submitted by residents. Specifically, we’ve seen a 54% increase (from 1304 to 2210) in the submission of permit applications to purchase firearms and a 42% increase (from 343 to 587) in concealed handgun permit applications for the same time period in 2019.

“I think there are several issues driving this increase”, said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page. “It’s not uncommon to see an increase in permit applications during Presidential election years. That, coupled with the recent civil unrest we’ve see across the country are probably driving factors for the uptick in submissions. I am a Second Amendment advocate and believe that each citizen is the first line of defense in protecting their homes and loved ones.“

North Carolina law recognizes the importance of your right to defend yourself and your family from imminent harm, especially in your own home. Under North Carolina General Statute 14-51.2, commonly referred to as the “Castle Doctrine”, a lawful resident of a home has the right to use deadly force to prevent an unlawful, forcible entry into the home if the occupant reasonably feared death or great bodily injury or reasonably believed that the intruder intended to commit a felony. This law also applies to people while in their vehicle or workplace.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office accepts in-person submissions of firearm purchase permits on Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.. Online submissions for firearm purchase permits are accepted 24/7 at

Concealed Handgun Permit applications are accepted in-person only and can be submitted on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. In order to save time, the application packet can be downloaded and printed from Fill out the application prior to visiting the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, but DO NOT SIGN IT until it is submitted.