I missed the bit in your OP about being an Eagle Scout. I got my Eagle award in April 1982. I'm finding that there are a LOT of Eagle Scouts in the 2A movement and we tend to be very vocal advocates of both OC and CC. And Eagles usually are pretty good shots (from my experience). And we tend to keep our firearms REALLY clean too...Â*
I dug around on the Guildford Co. Sheriffs office website, and from the download they have regarding HPP's, it says you must be 21. This may be their policy, but it is not the state law, NOR is it a federal law. Federal law only requires you to be 21 to purchase a handgun from an FFL dealer. For personal sales, federal (and NC state) law only requires you to be 18.
And NC's preemption laws say that counties or municipalites can't make laws or policies that are more restrictive than State law, so technically, the GCSO policy is illegal. But then again, you'll probably not make any "brownie points" with the Sheriff if you go in and try to argue the law with him...
Who were you planing to buy your pistol from? Is it a relative? Is it a well-known member of the community? Maybe youshould have them go in with you and see if the Sheriff will listen to reason. And maybe you might consider printing out the State and Federal statutes regarding personal sale transfers and legal possession of handguns for people under 21...
Oh, yeah, one more thing. I would STRONGLY suggest that you get your CHP as SOON as you can after your 21st birthday. Having a concealed permit makes travel in other states a LOT easier (NC has reciprocity with 30 other states!) and it makes carrying in your vehicle here in NC (and other places) much easier too...
Welcome, and I hope you get this sorted out.
Trail the Eagle, Trail the eagle,
Climbing all the time
First the Star and then the Life
With all you bosom shine
Blaze the trail and we will follow
Hark the eagle's Call
On Brothers on
Until we're eagles all!