There are many things in this world I don’t understand and one of them is the non-resident permit for concealed carry. I keep going through it in my mind and the only place it makes sense is if you lived in a state where it was almost impossible to obtain a concealed permit and were able to obtain one from a state which issues out-of-state permits to non-resident. Maybe someone can help me out with it.
In NC the requirements do cost some coin. You have a mandatory class which takes a full day and is never free. Then you have a permit application which will generally set you back $90. The beauty of the NC CHP is you will have been instructed on the applicable laws concerning deadly force in NC, the safety rules will have been hammered home, and you will have qualified at the range. This will not quite have you out there and ready to conceal, but it will set you on that path. A non-resident permit will perform background checks, but will not instruct you in the law and will not provide any safety training or range qualification. Now if you are an avid shooter you probably do not need the safety training and qualification, but it never hurts anyone to have a refresher.
The best thing about the NC CHP is you no longer have to apply for a PPP. In the end it probably will not save you any money, but in some counties just the waiting time to get a PPP is 30 days and that is ridiculous. So do yourself a favor if you are a NC resident and get a permit from NC. It will be recognized by all states with reciprocity and after October 1 your confidentiality will be preserved by law.