Here is a copy of the letter I sent (from Guilford County) in which I heavily borrowed from the above article. Feel free to modify it for your purposes in your district.
Dear State Senator Vaughan,
It is my understanding that you are a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and that this committee will be considering S782, introduced by State Senator Doug Berger (D-7), on Tuesday, April 21, at 11:00 AM. This legislation would eliminate the requirement that law-abiding citizens acquire a permit to purchase a pistol from their local sheriff before they may lawfully acquire any pistol. As a voting member of your district, I strongly support this legislation. There are numerous problems with this law, both in how it is written, and how it has been implemented.
First, such permits are simply another bureaucratic loop the state requires law-abiding citizens to jump through before exercising our constitutionally protected Right to Keep and Bear Arms. And why should someone be forced to acquire a permit from a sheriff if they wish to purchase a pistol from a licensed dealer? The dealer can just as easily run the same background check that is currently run when a rifle or shotgun is purchased.
Second, a permit can be denied if someone fails to prove they are of “good moral character.” What, exactly, defines “good moral character” is not specifically spelled out under the law, so a sheriff in one county may reject a permit applicant for something he considers to be not of “good moral character,” while a sheriff in another county may not come to the same conclusion. Uniformity in the exercise of constitutionally protected rights is critical to ensuring rights are not randomly and arbitrarily restricted. Furthermore, the reasons for denying rights must be carefully spelled out, and of a serious enough nature to warrant such action.
Third, several sheriffs have gone well beyond what the law specifically states, and implemented their own handgun rationing scheme. Dozens, according to information compiled by the group Grass Roots North Carolina, have set a limit on the number of permits that can be acquired at one time (including Guilford County, which limits citizens to five permits per application), while more than a dozen go so far as to set a limit on how many permits may be issued in a year. Some set the standard as low as two permits per year. Nowhere in the statute that establishes the permit system does it say anything about sheriffs being able to limit the number of pistols a law-abiding citizen may acquire.
As a law abiding citizen, gun owner, and voter in Guilford County, I strongly urge you to support this legislation.