Firearms that can be released to the rightful owner are done so only after the federally mandated background check is completed. This requires the owner to complete a questionnaire and attest to the accuracy of the information contained therein. Evidence Management staff will notify the owner by certified mail that the firearm can be claimed, and along with that letter will be a questionnaire to complete. The owner is encouraged to telephone Evidence Management staff and establish an appointment to receive the firearm.
The owner will be greeted by a Police Evidence Specialist who will collect the completed questionnaire, proper photo identification and will then coordinate the mandated federal background screening which may take as long as 24 hours. Once that background screening is completed, and the standards to release are met, the Evidence Specialist will transfer the weapon to the owner.
All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm an appointment with Evidence Management Staff at (336)726-7285. Property owners should obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 1200 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The supervisor can be reached at (336)726-7270.