Firearm Release

Procedure for Firearm Release

Firearms that are eligible to be released to the rightful owner are done so only after the federally-mandated background check is completed. This requires the owner to complete an Application For Release of Firearm (PDF) and attest to the accuracy of the information contained therein. One application must be completed per firearm.

Firearm Ownership Regulations

  • Federal Law prohibits citizens from owning a firearm if any of the following apply:
  • Has been convicted of, or is under indictment for, a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year
  • Is a fugitive from justice
  • Is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
  • Is underage
  • Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution
  • Is unlawfully in the United States or has been admitted to the U.S. under a nonimmigrant visa
  • Has been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship
  • Is subject to a court order restraining him or her from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner, his or her child or a child of a partner or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child
  • Has been convicted of a misdemeanor offense of domestic violence

Claiming Your Property

The owner should call 336-726-7285 to schedule an appointment with Evidence Management staff to claim their property. The owner will need to provide a completed Firearm Application (PDF) and proper photo identification. Once the background check is completed and the standards to release are met, an Evidence Specialist will contact the owner for pick-up. Property can be retrieved at:
1200 Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.