SO I turned 21 on Saturday and went on Monday, tall and proud, to purchase my handgun permit from my local Sheriff Dept. (McDowell Co., North Carolina) After I fill out the paperwork, they tell me that they can't issue it to me because I have a pending speeding ticket and I will have to wait until AFTER my court date to actually pay for it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it was my understanding that a non-felony, non-misdemeanor speeding ticket was NOT grounds for denial. I understand if I had been the defendant in a hit and run case or something major, but I was just speeding. I don't need to be told I'm a dumb kid doing dumb things because I already know that. Now I'm paying the price out of my own pocket like a responsible man accepting the consequences for his actions. I'm about to take the def. driving class tomorrow and plea to improper equipment. Would this change my permit situation, or am I gonna be stuck in this boat regardless? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!