California gun laws that have been enacted are considered restrictive compared to other US state laws. As a “May Issue” state the issuance of a permit is left entirely up to the discretion of the local sheriff. This can range from no issue in mostly urban counties to “shall Issue” in rural counties. Restrictions can be placed on a permit limiting where it can be used. Enforcement of these laws varies with rural counties being more lenient and urban counties strictly enforcing all firearms laws. California law also requires all guns to be registered.
- Minimum age of 18
- You are of good moral character
- You have good cause to justify the permit
- You are a resident of the county or your place of work is in the county
- You have completed an approved firearms training class
- You have not been convicted of a felony or certain types of misdemeanors
- You are not addicted to drugs
- You have not been diagnosed as mentally ill
- Federal law requirements
Follow these steps
- Contact the country Sheriffs Office to obtain information about training courses.
- Complete the training course. The length of course and fees will vary for each county. Most courses will be under 16 hours.
- Present your certificate of completion to the Sheriffs Office.
- You may be required by some counties to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgement.
- Obtain a CCW application form. Some parts of the form will need to be filled out in front of a witness at the Sheriffs office.
- You will be notified by mail within 90 days if your application has been approved or declined.
Information is different for each county
|Individual||$70-$100 varies by county||$44 varies|
The cost varies between counties. The legal limit is $100.
There are also fees for fingerprint scans and firearm classes that can work out to $300 for a 2 year permit. The Licensing authority is allowed to charge an additional fee equal to the actual cost ($100) but it must not exceed $100.
California will not honor any other states concealed carry permit. There are 24 states that will accept a California permit.
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Places Not Allowed
- School grounds, colleges and universities
- Child care facility
- Courthouse or Court room
- Public buildings or meetings
- Social rehabilitation facility
- Gun show or event if you have ammunition that fits firearm
- State Capitol, any legislative office, any office of the Governor or other constitutional officer, or any hearing room in which any committee of the Senate or Assembly is conducting a hearing, or upon the grounds of the State Capitol, which is bounded by 10th, L, 15th, and N Streets in the City of Sacramento.
- State wildlife management areas
- Polling station – this includes any person, uniformed peace officer, private guard, or security personnel or any person who is wearing a uniform of a peace officer, guard, or security personnel, who is stationed in the immediate vicinity of, or posted at, a polling place without written authorization.
- Demonstrations related to refusal to work
- While masked to conceal your identity
- Any place that serves alcohol for consumption
- Cal Expo center in Sacramento
- You may not carry a firearm if you are consuming alcohol
- You may not display a concealed firearm
- You cannot carry a concealed weapon not listed on the permit
- You cannot carry a concealed weapon at times or circumstances other than those specified in the permit
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer