Wake County Sheriff, Plaintiff Reach Agreement Over Gun Permit Lawsuit

RALEIGH -The Wake County Sheriff’s Office announced late-today an agreement has been reached with a plaintiff who recently filed legal action over Sheriff Gerald Baker’s decision to temporarily suspend residents from obtaining pistol purchase permits.

In the Consent Order, both parties have agreed that Sheriff Baker will modify the application process so as to “minimize or alleviate the admission of applicants for said permits to the Public Safety Center” during the term of the State of Emergency, and resume processing applications in as timely a fashion as possible under the current conditions.

“I’m very pleased with Judge Shirley’s ruling,” said Sheriff Baker. “I believe the court’s review of the entire situation reveals that my primary purpose has always been, and will continue to be, to protect the safety and welfare of my staff, Wake County citizens and the jail residents housed in the Wake County Public Safety Center.”

Information on the resumed, modified application process will be available on the WCSO Pistol Permits Office’s website in the next few days.