Concealed Weapons Permit

 
How to obtain a California Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW)

California Concealed Weapon Permit

 A CCW license allows a person to carry a concealed hand gun in public. However, not all states in the US are the same when it comes to recognizing CCW licenses. For instance, in California, CCW from other states are not valid (Penal Code Section 12050). You need to get a California CCW for you to carry a firearm from the Sheriff’s Office or from the local municipal police department. What is a California (CCW) “Concealed Carry Weapon” License? A California (CCW) “Carry a Concealed Weapon” license allows a person to carry a hand gun, revolver, pistol, or any other firearm legally withougt being convicted of penal code sections 12025 and/or 12031. PC 12025 – law against carrying a concealed firearm. PC 12031 – law against carrying a loaded hand gun in public. NOTE: If you are living in a county where there are less than 200,000 residents, you can apply for a modified CCW permit. It is still considered a CCW license that will allow you to carry a loaded pistol, hand gun or any other firearm. (this law is only applicable to persons in counties with less than 200,000 residents). What are the Requirements that I need to Secure a California CCW Permit?First and foremost, you must be a resident in a county and has spent a substantial amount of time in your place. Applying for a (CCW) “Carry a Concealed Weapon” Permit, requires legal presentation & investigation, and you must prove that you:

  • have a Good Cause - You must have Good Cause to justify the permit, as it is stated in the Attorney General Opinion of 1974 and in the written guidelines defined in the state’s policy. You may provide an evidence that will show that there’s a clear and present danger that exists for you or your family and having a concealed weapon will help you mitigate the danger.
  • are of Good Moral Character - This is actually self explanatory. A person must have a clean background.
  • have Completed the firearms training class


FAQs
  1. Where can I find information on laws about possession of weapons or firearms?
  2. Is there a way to find out if I can legally purchase weapons or firearms?
  3. How or what’s the right process of purchasing firearms in California
  4. Can i buy weapons or firearms as much as i want? Is there a limit?
  5. Are there restrictions on firearms possession?
  6. How much does the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” fee cost?
  7. Are dealers required to give a copy of the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” information whenever I buy a firearm?
  8. What are the (HSC) “Handgun Safety Certificate” requirements?
  9. How to get an (HSC) “Handgun Safety Certificate”?
  10. How can i determine if my firearm needs to be registered?
  11. Does sales tax apply to the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” fees?

Where can I find information on laws about possession of weapons or firearms?

The Dangerous Weapon Control Laws can be found at section 12000 of the Penal Code. It describes different types of dangerous firearms along with its restriction, sale, transportation, and possession. It also includes special interests including (12001- definitions), (12025 – carrying concealed guns), (12026 – possession of firearms or weapons at home and/or private property), (12031 -carrying loaded guns), and lastly (12035-36 – storage of firearms). Here’s the DOJ’s guide to California Firearms Laws.pdf (downloadable content) for your reference.

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Is there a way to find out if I can legally purchase weapons or firearms?

Yes, you can request the DOJ to investigate or conduct a background check. All you need to do is submit a Personal Firearms Eligibility Check (PFEC) application to the DOJ. You may check PFEC FAQ section for more details.

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How or what’s the right process of purchasing firearms in California?

All weapons or firearms should be made through a licensed dealer under DROS “Dealer Record of Sale” process. The state of California imposes a 10 day waiting period policy before any type of firearm or weapon can be released to the buyer. Only those who are 18 years of age and above are eligible to purchase a rifle or shotgun. For those who want to buy a handgun, he/she must be at least 21 years of age or if not, he/she must possess an HSC along with a safety demonstration with the gun being bought or he/she is qualified for an HSC exemption. The buyer should also present “clear evidence of identity and age”. This can be a California Driver’s License or any ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Alternatively, he/she can use a military ID along with a permanent duty station orders showing a posting in the state of California. If the buyer is not a US Citizen, he/she is then required to show that he/she is legally within the United States by providing the dealer his/her Alien Registration Number. Buyers should also prove that she’s residing in California. Requirements include utility bill, property deed, residential lease,or any other government-issued ID.

(Penal Code Section 12071) 

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Can i buy weapons or firearms as much as i want? Is there a limit?

There’s actually no limit on the number of handguns that you can purchase though you are limited to buying no more than 1 handgun in 30 days. Exemptions to this policy include purchases by law enforcement, returns to owners, private party transfers, and other special circumstances. (Penal Code section 12072(a)(9))

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Are there restrictions on firearms possession?

Restrictions to firearms possession include

  • A person who has been convicted for any crime listed in pc section 12021(c)(1)
  • Anyone who’s addicted to the use of any narcotic drug
  • Those who have been held involuntarily as a danger to self or others (pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 8103)

Penal Code Sections 12021 and 12021.1, Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 8100 – 8103)

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How much does the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” fee cost?

The Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) fee is $19 and this covers the background checking and transfer registry costs. There is an additional $1 fee for Firearms Safety Testing and $5 for Safety and Enforcement fee. If it is a dealer sale, return from pawn, or consignment return – the dealer can impose charges as long as the amount being imposed is clearly stated as a “dealer fee” and not a state fee. Reminder: When buying a firearm, make sure that you ask the dealer to lay out all the fees that he/she is charging you to complete the transaction.

(Penal Code Sections 12076, 12082, and 12806)

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Are dealers required to give a copy of the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” information whenever I buy a firearm?

Yes, upon request your dealer should give you a copy of Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) application. This also applies to private party transactions.

(Penal Code sections 12076(b))

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What are the (HSC) “Handgun Safety Certificate” requirements?

(Penal Code sections 12071, 12081)

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How to get an (HSC) “Handgun Safety Certificate”?

You just need to pass the Department of Justice’s HSC test which is administered by a DOJ Certified Instructor.

(Penal Code sections 12800 – 12809)

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How can i determine if my firearm needs to be registered?

Registering a firearm needs no requirements in the state of California except for handgun importers along with assault weapon owners. You may submit a Firearm Ownership Record for the firearm you own at the Department of Justice. This will come in handy just in case your firearm is lost or stolen.

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Does sales tax apply to the (DROS) “Dealer’s Record of Sale” fees?

No. The Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) fees are not subjected to sales tax. If you have questions or concerns regarding transfer fees, you may direct it to DOJ via their website or by simply calling them (916) 227-7527.

You may also ask the California Board of Equalization at its websitewww.boe.ca.gov.

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