I applied for my CHP in at the Catawba County Sheriff’s office on 3/10. They told me that I should call back in roughly 30 days, but not to get my hopes up since the average turnaround time has been the full 90 days. Well, I nearly experienced an Accidental Discharge (not the kind that happens with a gun, if you know what I mean) when I called this morning and they said to come on down and pick it up!!!
My wife sat there shaking her head as I bolted down the stairs three at a time, stopped for a brief happy dance in the middle of the living room and then charged into the shower. On my way out the door, since I didn’t have the permit in hand yet, I grabbed my gun and locked it in the trunk and headed out.
When they handed me my CHP at the Sheriff’s office, I noted the expiration date as 3/28/2014. So, I asked the clerk and he confirmed that it was actually ready for pickup on 3/28/2009. He apologized and said they have been very busy and haven’t had a chance to call everyone yet. No matter, I wasn’t going to let that ruin my mood.
So, upon leaving the Sheriff’s office, I rescued my XDM 40 from the cold, dark and lonely trunk and tucked it away cozy and warm in my holster. I stopped at a gun store close by to the Sheriff’s office and found a couple of nice leather holsters, one for warm weather and the other for cold weather clothing. Then, I stopped for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat along with reading the morning paper. Finally, I made a couple of other miscellaneous stops on the way home. All in all, a very uneventful first time CC experience. Upon arriving home, the wife was happy to see that I didn’t shoot my eye out.
I had a few things to get done at home, so I plan on doing my WWW later this evening so I can take my time. Report to follow.
So, if you live in Catawba County, NC, don’t wait for the call. Call them!!!