Originally Posted by KUHIO
My question is, if I buy a handgun from an online retailer and have it shipped to a local FFL shop do I still need to get a purchase permit in order for the shop to transfer it to me?
Yes, you would have to provide a purchase permit or concealed carry permit to the NC FFL (see page #3 of the document linked below).
The State Attorney General has prepared a summary of NC firearms laws
that should help you better understand NC's sometimes quirky laws.