California Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
May Issue to Residents only.

Example Permit:

Issuing Authority:
County Sheriff or Police Chief of the area you reside.

NICS/Background Check:

Permit Valid For:

Processing Time:

There are several fees involved. They will vary from agency to agency, but as a guideline:
• $70 – $125 – Department of Justice (fingerprints & background check)
• $100 – Local processing fee
• Training – varies, typically no more than $250, at most.

Featured California Firearm Instructors:

California law allows Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs to issue a license to carry a concealed firearm if the following requirements are met:
1. Upon proof that the person applying is of good moral character
2. That good cause exists for the issuance
3. The applicant is a resident of the county or city to which they are applying (or the applicant’s place of employment is within the city or county)
4. The applicant has completed a course of training (16-24 hours)

Required Documents:

Renewal Information:

Change of Name or Address:

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits:

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
Some counties (Orange County in particular) require that during any contact with law enforcement, you must “immediately announce” you are carrying a concealed weapon and have a license to do so. Other counties do not have the same mandatory disclosure requirement. If you’re in one of those counties, you have to make the decision whether or not to notify the officer. Law enforcement officers that frequent this forum overwhelmingly would want to be notified. Wouldn’t you if you were them?

Automobile carry:
California Penal Code section 12025 does not prevent a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is not lawfully prohibited from firearm possession, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting by motor vehicle any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person provided the firearm is unloaded and stored in a locked container.

The term “locked container” means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. For more information, refer to California Penal Code Section 12026.1.

Places off-limits when carrying:
Federal courthouse – no. State courthouse (including “county” courthouses) – legally, yes – however, most courthouses have security and will not allow weapons in unless you are on-duty LEO.

California law does not prohibit CCW holders from carrying in a private business establishment, even if they post a sign and/or search people entering. However, they are within their rights to ask you to leave (temporarily or permanently) if they find out – and you are trespassing if you don’t leave after being asked.

Public Schoola, Collegea, or Universities – The answer is yes generally speaking. What we believe to be the applicable code sections follow for you to determine for yourself if this answer applies in your circumstance as this site does not provide legal advice.

While the California Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 (626.9Cal PC) generally prohibits guns in schools, it has an exemption, located in PC 626.9(l), for Peace Officers, retired Peace Officers, and licensed CCW holders.

Alcohol and Drugs:

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
California is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.

CA PC 198.5
198.5. Any person using force intended or likely to cause death or
great bodily injury within his or her residence shall be presumed to
have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great
bodily injury to self, family, or a member of the household when that
force is used against another person, not a member of the family or
household, who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and
forcibly entered the residence and the person using the force knew or
had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred.
As used in this section, great bodily injury means a significant
or substantial physical injury.

Open Carry:
Open Carry in California is prohibited in all incorporated areas. It may be legal in some rural areas if it is unincorporated and has not been made illegal by the county.

Localities with Varying Laws:
Issuance policies change from county to county, from shall issue to won’t issue and everything in between. Check with your local county for more information.

Forms & Links:
Concealed Handgun Permit Application

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  • Kardar2

    Where is concealed carry allowed by the license?
    Unless limited by a 12050(b) restriction on the license, a
    license is valid in the entire state.
    Specific exemptions allowing concealed carry for licensees under 12050 are
    Penal Code 171b
    public meetings
    Penal Code 171c State Capitol
    and related areas
    Penal Code 171d Governor’s mansion
    and Legislator’s residences
    Penal Code 626.9(l) School zones
    (K-12 and college/university)

    Limitations on carry
    and local laws may limit concealed carry even for licensed individuals. Airport sterile
    areas and United States military installations are two examples.
    Courthouses and jail facilities commonly prohibit firearms, even for licensed individuals.
    San Francisco bans possession of firearms “upon public premises selling or serving alcoholic beverages” (San
    Francisco Municipal Code SEC. 3603).
    city and county parks ordinances ban the possession of firearms and do
    not exempt PC 12050 license holders. These regulations are preempted by
    Government Code
    53071 and the Fiscal
    decision and as such are likely unenforceable against those licensed to
    carry under PC 12050. Some examples include San Mateo and Sacramento
    County Parks Ordinances.

    • Good point. Not sure why you received so many thumbs down, but…

  • Benlovesms

    Just a heads up, as of october,1,2011 open carry has been banned.                                                                                                                                                                                   im just another gun toting super liberal!!!

    • redley62

      Liberals carry guns? Oh crap, Wally….I’m outta here!

  • Fucku

    Castle doctrine: all that matters

  • M.Prinz

    My brother from OR was in CA looking for a job and was stopped for a traffic violation. The officer asked if he had any weapons in the vehicle and my brother answered yes, that he had a .22 revolver, UNLOADED, in a zipper case on the passengers seat. Not knowingly he also had a few rounds inside the zipper cased.  Needless to say he was arrested and is now charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was released on his own recog and has a initial court date in a few weeks back in CA.  What are the possible scenerio’s that he might be facing?  Charges just dropped, fine and probation, or jail time (and if so, how long)?

    • willyyyy

      How did things pan out for your bother? I’d not be suprised if he was convicted of a 10 year prison term . . .

    • It is a known fact that our police are NOT our protectors. Calling 911 because your life is threatened will surely result in your death as the response time will never be fast enough. I have an Oregon conceal permit but will never take my loaded concealed weapon into California as California has it’s head up it’s arse when it comes to recognizing and accepting other states conceal carry permits.
      I hope your brother escaped a harsh and undeserving punishment.

      • Jerry L. Clark

        Yet we can carry in almost 22 states outside California, Thanks.

    • just a dude

      California law allows you to carry a firearm in a locked container as long as you don’t have rounds or a loaded mag inside the pistol. You are allowed to have a loaded mag in the container with the pistol. He needs to get a defense attorney to fight the charge as it sounds bogus based on the fact pattern you described. If the zipper case was unlocked then he may be in trouble.

      • Wrong! Penal code and vehicle codes are both clear on this. Must be in a separate locked container. Case law has gone so far as to say a loaded gun includes any part of the gun, including the magazine. Meaning, you “could” feasibly be charged with a loaded weapon enev if your mag is separated from the gun but you have ammo in the mag. Welcome to sunny Kalifornia

        • You are correct. Separate containers as defined by California law. To tired to find the penal code.

        • Joshua

          Wrong yourself. No such requirement. There was even a court case stating that a rifle with rounds attached on a butt carrier was fine and didn’t count as loaded. You are right that an ignorant cop might think otherwise, but he would be wrong, legally

          • Ray

            I got my CCW in Aug of 2013 here in CA. Total cost was about $300. Instructor in the class informed us of current (at that time) law concerning transport of a concealable firearm as follows. The firearm and ammunition must be transported in separate containers with at least one of them being locked. Ammo in a magazine even if located in a separate locked container is still considered a loaded firearm in the eyes of the law. Once you have a CCW you can legally carry a loaded firearm in your vehicle as long as it is the firearm identified on your card. I have a S&W M&P 40 and that’s the only weapon on my permit. If I take my friends 38 special I have to unload it and carry it in a locked container separate from the ammo. Better safe than sorry. Even though I hold a valid CCW issued within the state of CA, if I go to a county or town that has an ordinance against concealed carry, I must comply with the local laws and lock up my fire arm. Some counties do not have a specific ordinance against CCW but if local law enforcement isn’t comfortable with it, your best advised to lock it up. My instructor had that happen recently on a trip to a different county.

          • George P.

            Where did you get your ccw @? I live in murrieta and am looking into getting one.

          • Ray

            I live in Plumas county. You have to get the permit issued by the Chief of Police or the County Sherriff. Plumas county is very pro 2nd Amendment. Your best bet is to find someone that teaches the CCW class and ask them how it goes for your county. Some are easier than others and some are adamant about denying a permit. San Francisco county and city have a local ordinance against concealed carry and even though I hold a valid CCW from Plumas county, I can’t legally carry concealed in those areas.

          • jsl55

            Yes you can. From CalGunLaws – Government Code Section 53071 was interpreted favorably in 2008 in Fiscal v. City and County of San Francisco. A victory for the NRA, Fiscal struck down San Francisco’s ordinance completely banning civilian handgun possession, and banning the manufacture, distribution, and sale of firearms and ammunition within San Francisco. The Fiscal court held that Government Code Section 53701 expressly preempted the ordinance and it prevents local governments from passing ordinances that interfere with the authority granted by state-issued licenses to their holders to carry a handgun in public (“carry licenses”).

          • larryaschro

            yeah that’s totally bullshit. In other words, you don’t know CA law, yes you can concealed carry legally in San Francisco county if you have a CA CCW permit with no restrictions. California law has preemptive laws, which means, if local laws come into conflict with federal laws…guess which one has more authority? Therefore, SF county must honor your CA CCW permit obtained in another county.

          • jsl55

            A local ordinance does not preempt Kalifornia law.

          • Vicki Hampton

            true, Frisco tried to stop people from oyther counties from exercising their rights while in that city and was spanked by the coutrs

          • mamacat

            Of course you can come across an ignorant cop, but your Ca ccw permit permits you to carry anywhere in California

          • Kas

            What county you take your ccw?

          • redley62

            Yes, California, the land of fruits & nuts. A locked up gun does nobody any good when it is needed. Politically correct liberals will get their turn one day.

          • Randy

            San Fransisco tried to pass an ordinance that would not allow a ccw or state exposed weapon in their county. It was struck down really fast as a city or county can not pass laws undermining a state law or state constitution. Bottom line is if you have a proper license you may carry concealed or exposed anywhere in the state of California.

          • Hauptmann

            I’m a native Californian now living in Texas. We have no state income tax. It costs $60/year to register a new automobile. Gas costs $1.99/gallon. My electric bill is $100/mo (with A/C running all summer long). You can buy a 2,000 SF brick home in a safe, tree-lined neighborhood with good schools for under $250,000. The races all get along pretty well. There’s VERY little graffiti.

            The handgun is practically the State Flower of Texas. Most folks I know have a CFL, and carry. We can ship and receive our guns via Fed Ex or UPS without going through an FFL. We have no requirements like <10-round mags, internal locks, loaded chamber indicators. One CFL is valid for ANY number of registered or unregistered handguns. Open carry is legal. Stupid, but legal. One of our US Senators introduced a bill that would REQUIRE CFL reciprocity in all 50 states and DeeCee. It didn't pass. And no, it wasn't Ted Cruz.

            Don't get me wrong–I LOVE California, and I visit there often. But live there again? I don't think so.

          • fullyautomatic

            I too myself is a Cali native, I’m trying to move me and wifey too Euless Tx, hopefully next year I’m there…Cali is way 2 expensive

          • mark

            hah! can you name a county or town that has an ordinance against concealed carry!! all counties have a policy on issuing a ccw permit. some like San Francisco deny all permits being submitted, but no one has an ordinance nullifying the permits issued from other counties. The authority to issue permits is a state law and the permit is valid throughout the whole state.

          • Tony

            long guns are different than hand guns and the requirements. Cannot carry loaded mags in the same container as the weapon, it is considered loaded in CA. Best thing is to get to the right county and get a permit while the getting is still good. There are a few in central CA where the normal folks live.

        • manuel

          It doesn’t make any sense, if you have a gun locked in a box, in the trunk and with out any ammo. I guess that why even carry the gun if its going to be completely useless if faced in a life threatening situation.

        • Ron Cash


      • An empty gun is a paper weight.

    • MichaelCrackMonkey

      First mistake was keeping the gun on the front seat. 2nd was telling the Cop he had a gun in the car not in the trunk. Hide the gun and simply say no I have no weapons. Cops lie all the time and since it was a simple traffic stop it was a standard question. They won’t bother to search you unless you give them reason to. Obviously in CA Never give the Cops reason just be nice, sign the ticket, and be on your way. Generally if you are respectful they won’t bother you but if you give them reason they will ruin your day. California COPS are notorious for being Gestapo like especially in Orange County.

      • larryaschro

        Not good advice. Do not lie to the police. Be respectful, tell the truth. If you travel to CA often, get a CA CCW permit. There are a few counties that are very easy to obtain a CCW, one of those is Butte County and the other is Shasta County. When you apply for your permit in CA, explain to the sheriff you are traveling a lot through CA and need protection for business. In those two counties, they will understand.

      • Surfer

        But i thought Orange County was one of most pro gun county of California?

        • MichaelCrackMonkey

          Orange County is controlled by an intolerant Nazi Gestapo police agencies. They are always looking for a chance to kill someone regardless of race. They prefer to gang up and beat you to death rather than shoot.

      • Sean

        Never lie to a cop. Simply don’t answer any questions. Period.

    • mike

      In Mn if you are get stopped and have a concealed weapon without a permanent. You get $1000 dollar fine and 90 days in jail no questions asked. Not sure the law in that shit state.

    • Pat Fox

      hangin probably !!!! this is commifornia afterall !!!!

  • I called the sheriff’s office in San Jose in the early 90’s to obtain a conceal carry permit application. I was told on the phone they no longer issued concealed carry permits. That was a canned reply to my request. I persisted and about a week later I received the application. It was approximately 10 full pages front and back. A physical examination was required as was a mental health evaluation. The fees at the time were exorbitant and included a large sum that if the application was denied, for any reason, would not be refunded. Total fees were close to $500.00. There are many ways to say ‘NO’ if they don’t want you to have the permit. Rediculous fees are one way. Making you jump through many troublesome hoops is another.

    In Oregon the application is one page of instruction and a half page of required information. Finger printing and back ground check is required as is a one day class on hand gun proficiency. Total fees approx. $75 for a 5 year permit. Contrary to anti-gun advocates we do not have shoot outs in the streets. An armed society is a polite society.
    Chicago and Washing DC have the toughest gun laws in the country. They also have the highest murder rates.

    • Bill

      “Chicago and Washington DC have the toughest gun laws in the country. They also have the highest murder rates.”

      Yeah, and we all know the real reason why. It’s the same reason why we want a conceal carry permit in the first place.

    • Marc Santos

      so can you get it in san jose

      • If you are willing to jump through all of the hoops and pay the bucks you may be able to get a permit. My experience in San Jose was in the early 90’s. Don’t know if their policy has changed. You may have to insist on them giving you the application as way back then they were not at all interested in sending one to me. Good luck.

    • Ron Cash

      Do you know if in Oregon they make you list the actual gun you will carry? Here in CA some counties require you to list the gun and some allow 3 guns to be listed, while my county only allows one. I plan on moving to Oregon in a couple yrs, so am curious if they have those silly restrictions on CCW. Probably will move to Beaverton or around there.

      • I live in Oregon and have a ccw permit. They DO NOT ask what guns you will carry.

  • MJ Badagliacco

    All of these so called “LAWS” are ALL BS!!! The 2nd Amendment says that I have the RIGHT to keep and BEAR arms and that RIGHT SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!

    Additionally, the SCOTUS has ruled that, …concerning fundamental RIGHTS, a law cannot convert that RIGHT into a privilege… When you require a PERMIT, you just made it a “privilege”…

    Can SOMEONE tell me how ANY concealed carry “law” is allowed to stay on the book???

    • Cuz our entire government consists of the dumbest people on earth! One law for ALL states…and that law should be based on the second amendment, not what some douche bag politician thinks/wants

      • Joe

        Yes, this country was built by the best and the
        brightest and now it is run by the dumb and the dumbest—starting with the 1/2 breed in the white house

      • The government is populated by dumb people because the citizens allow it

    • retired_sandman

      Well, now you’re talking US Constitution. In Illinois, for example, an individual was arrested for using a gun to defend his home against a home invasion. The perp stole the homeowners car keys to drive himself to the hospital and the homeowner went to the pokey.

      Subsequently, there was an attempt in the state legislature to pass a law protecting a homeowner defending his home in this fashion. In the senate, I do believe the only lawmaker to vote against it was one young senator barack obama.

      Be very careful asserting a constitutional claim. The states infringe on it in any variety of ways. Sounds like they do so in CA.

      • Law enforcement is taught to scrutinize those who speak of the Constitution.

        If ever encountered by the executive branch of government, it is in your best interest to say as little as possible. And I mean just your name and name only, validated by giving them your ID.

        It will probably ruin your life, but you won’t be in jail.

        Tough call. Talking and going to jail for a while, and not talking, and hopefully, only going to jail for a little while. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      • Bob Griffin

        The main thing with defending yourself via the constitution is that you must have a lawyer who specializes in Constitutional Law, not some hick who thinks he knows.

      • joe

        You can buy insurance from a company called “The second Call” sponsored by the NRA

    • Lorin Partain

      I suppose the argument could be made that there is no right to conceal, therefore a permit. However since some states, including CA now thanks to Jerry Brown, have banned open carry the concealed becomes the only other way to bear a weapon making it the de facto right. To be consistent, I know were talking about politicians here, but to be consistent the states should be constitutionally prohibited from disallowing open carry if they are going to permit concealed carry.

  • Effx

    I agree with one of the recent comments read, “Cuz our entire government consists of the dumbest people on earth! One law for ALL states…and that law should be based on the second amendment, not what some douche bag politician thinks/wants…” Really make complete sense.

    • Bill Fritz

      Sorry, but I do not think we have the dumbest people on earth. We have the best government that money can buy

      • dntmizme

        U said it “money” can buy i wonder how much they sold out for

      • Mindi

        Exactly right Bill!

    • Mike

      I feel there should be one law passed that all states ate the same. If you have a percent to carry every state should except it. The federal. Government should should step in and fix this. One should not have to worry about each state and what there law reads. Just me thinking out loud.

      • warrantone

        My God, NO! Don’t give the feds any more power. If they have the power to permit, they will use it to not permit.

      • Jeff Bills

        That would take a constitutional amendment by at least 34 states….

      • Eddie

        I have a ccw from Florida I had to go though all the steps to get my ccw why does calif not except this is the money are what I will pay the fees I just want to transfer my cow to calif.

    • Jerry L. Clark

      There is one law for all states, it’s called the Constitution. It’s just that many sheriff’s and Chiefs will supersede the law and not allow CCW’s.

  • lmortimeyer

    If you have a current CA CWP, and move to NV and also obtain one there, can you still legally carry in CA, even though you have moved?

    • For thirty days. After that, no.

      • Gun Packin Granny

        I have 2 CCW permits. Arizona and Utah. Combined I am covered for nearly every state. I was raised in California and my family all still lives there. As a child I was raised with weapons and had a licensed .22 semi riffle. I just came back home from there because I had to go to a Funeral. I took my .38 special with me as I traveled alone and had to use the HWY 5 from bottom to top. Just shy of 1000 miles each direction. Knowing about the variety of personalities that travel that rout, I had my baby right next to me. She was locked in a zipper holster and she was also safety key locked. I believe that it is my right to bear arms and I believe in the Stand your ground law. I also believe that not everyone should be permitted to carry a weapon. Perhaps if we all had to have a mental evaluation, there would be less permits given. However anyone who wants a gun will get it. Permit or not! As technology gets better so does the ability to acquire a weapon. Just spend $1000. on a 3 D printer and you have a non traceable gun. I have paid that much for my permits, weapon, holster, ammo, eye protection and hearing protection. Not to forget Targets. I came to this page as I was considering the possibility of acquiring the California permit. However I now feel that is not necessary. I do not live in that state and when I travel, I will just make sure that I continue to keep her double locked and secured.

        • Hunter Thompson

          There is only one or two designs for a fully 3D printed gun, and they are single shot plinkers that are rendered useless after one or two shots, even more unreliable than the old liberator 45 hahhahaha (gun nuts start chuckling) Most of what’s being printed is AR lowers, even those have yet to pass 500 rounds. Barrels are still traceable which you’ll have to buy therefore recorded. cheers mate!

          • Jim

            AR uppers are not considered guns so no paper trail is generated as long as you pay cash. Buy an 80% lower and complete yourself not traceable.

          • Jim

            AR uppers are not considered guns so no paper trail is generated as long as you pay cash. Buy an 80% lower and complete yourself not traceable.

        • mamacat

          I also am a “gun packin granny”, but if you do not have a ca ccw permit, you will have your gun confiscated and you will be arrested if you are stopped.

        • mamacat

          California does not recognize other state’s ccw permits.

        • 2Aliberator

          Its noones right to tell people they cant carry. thats why we use a backgroud check for mental and criminal histories. DUH. I question your support for the Second Amendment, i really do…

    • KheSahn068

      You have to be a resident of California inb order to keep your permit. However, you do not have to be a resident of a Nevada to have theirs. I have a CCW from CA (resident), NV and Florida, which gives me the right to carry legally in 37 states. However, I had to go to NV and take their course and apply their; Florida was a bonus that comes with NV CCW if you want it and are willing to pay the fee’s. NV’s permits are good for 5 years; FL permits are good for 7 years.

      • JustIce

        How did you get a CCW in Cali? I am moving from PA and have a CCW from there and Tennessee (allowed to carry in 43 states with combined – of course Cali not included) I’ve been told to kiss my CCW rights away because it is “impossible” to get a Cali CCW. My wife is attending UCLA for her doctorate so we will be living in Los Angeles proper. No records, no warrants, sound mind and body, former military… any chance?

        • John McDonald

          I have a CCW in California. I have had it for 11 years and it was easy. Arkansas will not honor it because I had to have too much training to obtain it. My family in Arkansas have permits also and went through a tenth of the training and background check.

        • John McDonald

          Not only do you have to clean but you have to show a need to get one in California. California is a may issue state, not a shall issue state.

        • jsl55

          Not much of a chance in L.A. county. The closest county to L.A. that has a Sheriff that respects our Constitution is Kern county.

  • LennyB

    Ok What the Hell we all Honor California CCW Permits but California will not Honor Our Permit. its time we all boot California out of the honor system until they learn to play Ball

  • LennyB

    everyone neede to ban together and file a class action Case against California

    • Aaron

      San Diego County lost their case dealing with CCP. They can no longer require you to “provide good cause” for the permit as the Supreme Court found this a violation of the second amendment.

      • Heather Wilson

        Exactly. “Good cause” IS our Second Amendment.

      • Im still confused what that means. So i could go and fill out the application and in the box that asks for good cause I can just say “Self defense” and nothing more?

        • Fen

          A better response, and what I put on my form 4s (for SBRs and Suppressors) is “All lawful purposes”

        • Guest

          orange county, I put self defense and had no problem,

        • Roger


        • Red West

          Per the Sheriff in my County (granted, El Dorado County has a real Sheriff and is one of the few places in California that still respects the constitution)… I’d listed a paragraph outlining why. They replaced it with “Personal Protection” and approved it. That’s all that’s required, and that’s all that’s recommended.

          • m.j.

            When I moved to Mendocino County they are questioning my CCW because I work an hour and a half away or two hours with traffic away. I’ve been waiting six months for an answer where normally it takes about 30 days.

          • Jerry L. Clark

            You can get it in the county where you live or the county where you work. Check with your City Attorney.

          • Jerry L. Clark

            You can get it in the county where you live or the county where you work. Check with your City Attorney.

          • mrk

            Mj….that is because you live in a very lib county. Now, they should be able to grow their bud….and use lots of guns to defend that cash crop…but they are libs and u r not. Because you would likely question why you didn’t get a concealed weapons permit when other people are, they think they’re very smart by simply not acting on your application. Their elitist attitude is stunning. Guys like Sean penn running around with lots of guns….but then is anti gun for all the little people. Don’t worry, if SHTF day ever comes, guess who is going to be the most unprepared. Not us brother.

          • theresasheridan

            Tulare and Fresno counties are both very pro-gun, I’ve had permits in both counties. They were not difficult to get, however I was told in both counties that self defense by itself was not good enough cause.

          • Jon Satko

            I received my permit in Tulare County in March 2016 (about two weeks ago). I wrote “Personal protection for self and family.”

          • Tasha Anderson

            Can u tell me the process a lil better? Where to start?

        • Jerry L. Clark

          best three reasons.
          It’s my 2nd Amendment right
          I have a business or home I would like to protect
          I carry large sums of money for business or pleasure

          • Joe.

            I just wrote, its my 2nd Amendment right and it was not questioned. Mendocino County. Great Sheriff who believes in the 2nd.

          • Tony Sivadge

            Think this will work? I play drums and am alone late at night loading thousands of dollars worth of gear into my vehicle.

          • Jerry L. Clark

            On the application just explain that you have a second ammendment right to carry arms with their permission. show the respect. You carry expensive equipment along with pay for you gigs, and that you are of good character.

          • Tony Sivadge

            I’ll try that, thanks

      • Enuf Alrdy

        This was just overturned on appeal. “Good Cause” is back on the table. 🙁

        • Red West

          Wasn’t overturned per se… 9th agreed to hear it with full panel. But either way, this has already been lost by the gov at the SCOTUS level. They’ve already confirmed rights not only to keep, but the BEAR… Unless there is a disqualifying reason (i.e. felony conviction, etc.), u should need no cause beyond “2A”. That’s it. CA can fight all they way, but they’ll lose.

          • Enuf Alrdy

            Hmm.. It’s still a mandatory requirement here in San Bernardino County. Interesting.

          • tearfang

            //CA can fight all they way, but they’ll lose.// Now that Scalia is dead, it will be a 4-4 ties at the supreme level. Ties uphold the lower court’s decision. Since the 9th circuit court is directly under the supreme court, the effectively means that whatever the en banc 9th circuit decides will likely stand.

      • m.j.

        Yet they still don’t issue

      • Ken Bennett

        Aaron, I believe what you are saying is partially right. It was a 3 member panel of the California Supreme Court that said it was unconstitutional to ask for justification to carry a concealed weapon. Now that another federal court, I think in L.A., contradicted this ruling the state attorney general has now asked for a full representation of the California Supreme court to judge its merits. As far as I know that is where it is at. However, if you live in Kern county the county sheriff is not asking for justification.

    • Spawn Brimstone

      Class action for what?

      • Red West

        Denial of constitutional rights? Just a thought.

        • Bigots begone

          I think he’s referring to “class action” generally being misunderstood.

    • The United States

    • Richard Daniels

      Everyone needs to band together and get rid of these fucking weapons so assholes like YOU will move to Texas

      • Richard Newman


        • Brannon Richmond

          This is the reason assholes like him don’t want explosive assholes like to be armed near them.

  • Adam

    I have a NV CCW permit but I am moving to California, Will I still be able to keep/ use my NV CCW? I still own property in NV and I will commute back every month for military duty if that makes a difference.

    • Art

      yes you can keep your Nevada permit but you can’t carry concealed in California, and you should contact Nevada of your move so they can change your address, I have a CCW for Nevada and i live in California.

  • tom ketchum

    Ha, on the description of his glock 26 it says caliber=26

  • oboma

    CA is full of liberal regulators That is why our crime rate is so hi. Criminals are armed but you will have to pay and fight until your out of breath for a right that has been taken away from you.

  • JR

    If I have a CA CCW can I carry a loaded pistol in my aacar does it have to be on my body?

    • larryaschro

      lol no, but if you have a CA CCW, why don’t you carry on your body?

  • Free citizen

    God bless freedom

    -poor wilderness treader

  • wolf

    The Best County to get your CCW in California is Sutter County , cause they straight out tell you to self protection is good cause . And they instruct you to put that on your app. 6 months residency, I called the Sheriffs Office set up my meeting. The meeting went well, 8 weeks later I received my CCW, $132 dollars total.

    • Northcoast

      I recently received my CCW license out of Humboldt county, the process was fairly clear, background check, pay the $130, do the finger printing and photo, all at the courthouse. I waited for about three weeks and then received a call to set up an interview. During the interview I had to bring my guns in unloaded and locked in a container so they can take the numbers, then a few weeks later I went down and picked up my CCW license. I am a small business owner so that helped and I spend lots of time working in Humboldt county’s rural areas. but many other folks here have permits too, you don’t have to be a business owner. I have three guns on my license, 380, 40 , and .45…….figured the 50 Caliber would be too difficult to conceal. I’m so glad I left Sonoma/Marin county region….where nobody gets a license. The political correctness is just stupid down there..

      • Northcoast

        Forgot to mention that I also had to take the gun safety class, and pass the firing range tests. That added to the cost which totaled around $300. Humboldt and Mendocino county Sheriff’s are gun friendly to a certain extent, but not overly friendly. But I was satisfied at with my experience obtaining my license, the Sheriff deputy that interviewed me was respectful and an overall nice dude.

        • Bob Griffin

          I’m curious whether my 20 years of qualifying in the military would be a substitute for taking a gun safety course… probably not here in California.

      • redley62

        Well, they make it stupid because even though they can’t just confiscate your guns, they can make it almost impossible for you to use it if you have to. Transporting a gun and ammo through California in separate locked containers is a joke. ….and the illegal guy travels around with a loaded gun in his pants. California state is one of the most PC BS state in the country.
        Wait!! Can you give me a few minutes Mr. Criminal? I need to go back to my car trunk for a minute to unlock two containers for my gun and ammo. Will be right back. Don’t run off now!

        • larryaschro

          You don’t have to lock your gun in the trunk. any more. The gun and ammo must be separate, locked up, and out of reach. This does not mean in the trunk. This is a little improvement. In case you need to get into your gun box in the back seat and unlock it.

          • redley62

            Thanks for the heads up on carrying
            weapon through CA. They make it hard
            to protect oneself don’t they?

    • mamacat

      I live in Shasta County and we have a pro 2nd amendment sheriff. Very easy to get a ccw here.

      • larryaschro

        I live in Shasta County too! However, Deputy Mike Paisley will make it difficult for you in an interview if you have any misdemeanors or civil complaints for you. He actually tries to piss you off to see what you are made of.

    • larryaschro

      Hey that’s really cool, thanks for the info. Question, what makes it the best? Because it’s the easiest and fastest process? I’ve always thought that Butte or Shasta county was the fastest and easiest.

  • ch3ch2oh

    Sucks to live in California

    • Dr. Johnny Nacho

      A comment like that only has one question….”Have you ever been to California?”

    • Jerry L. Clark

      The greatest state in the country if you live in the realistic counties of the NorCal above San Francisco.

      • Mike

        I live in Sonoma County. No permit will be issued by the Sheriff unless it is a rich crony.

      • mscott5206

        Or South in the many counties that issue.

  • Dudes

    We just need to vote a pro gun house and senate staff so that we can have cool guns here

  • bobokittyfuck

    This is all a bunch of horse shit. I carry every day. My permit is the second amendment. No one will ever know unless I need it. I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.

    • Zack Corley

      Whoa, so true.

    • Bigpappa

      You are 100% right my friend! I have carried handguns without any “permit” for years. Once time I drew my weapon when two low life’s tried to rob me @ knife point. Luckily they ran away. You think the police care? They have no duty to protect you. I live in the real world.

    • I agree. If there comes a day when conceal permits are revoked or denied I’ll carry illegally. Don’t tell anyone.

    • cali

      Instant incarceration.

      • Not likely. Less than 1% of the 40,000 new laws written Annually go enforced, yeah, I am estimating. But to the point, the chances of a law abiding citizen being frisked for a cw are far less than that same citizen being violently attacked. I like my odds better.

        • Jeff Bills

          If you are in a situation to get frisked, then the cops don’t think you are a law-abiding citizen. If you are a law-abiding citizen, then you likely aren’t in a situation to get frisked…

          • Ben

            It’s hilarious to think that only law-abiding people get stopped and frisked by police. Wait, I’m relatively new here. Is “law-abiding” code for “white and generally clean cut?”

          • Don

            Yup-anyone except POC’s

    • m.j.

      Tell that to your family when you lose your job, any further rights, then the government comes and takes all your guns in the house (so your family can not defend themselves when needed)
      You empty your bank account defending yourself in court (and you will loose ) and you are locked up for about 7 years then can’t get a decent job when you get out. The state makes getting shot and killed a better choice, at least you’re family can get life insurance.

      • Ron Cash

        Good dose of reality!! It’s a personal choice, but they need to be aware of the negative side, especially in the Dictatorship of Comifornia!

      • Wow!

        That is kind of ridiculous considering that life insurance is never a guarantee and can be revoked either by state taxes or by technicalities. The smarter option is to protect yourself and handle the aftermath. You have a much higher chance of defending yourself without anyone knowing (after all, criminals don’t attack you in public places, they do it when you are alone!) than to let yourself die and hope everything turns out in the end.

  • Shagy

    so with yesterdays ruling… what now for CA?

  • Dale Broad

    Ca, is the worst state for guns and gun rights. The real kicker is the Police are against these gun laws.

  • Zack Corley

    You sir, are a respectable man. Very helpful info as well Thanks.

  • Red

    I’m gonna get s$@## for this , but what Americans seem to forget is this , yes the 2nd Amendment grants us the right to Bear Arms. , but it does not Grant us the right to CONCEALMENT. That is a privilege granted to us by the state we reside in, if they so choose to do so. Everyone forgets the Constitution gives the States the right to govern its own . I believe in open carry but for the idiots that want to open carry with their M4 rifles on ur back in the PUBLIC use some common sense . That’s the kind of action that gun haters love to watch if something goes wrong . If y’all want to carry so bad then apply for your CCW in a gun friendly county. And quit Bitching about what we are and aren’t Entitled to .

    • disgusted ffm

      You need to read the Second Amendment and then have someone explain to you what “shall not be infringed” means. You’re almost implying that carrying concealed is not a matter of legal choice but rather indicates some sinister/illegal intentions–which is really flawed reasoning and not supported by any data. Your additional attempt at legal logic is scary. I fear the day is fast coming when people will welcome the sight of others carrying weapons–like in Israel–because of the ongoing threat of violence from foreign and domestic enemies who mean us all harm.

      • Ben

        If you’re going to quote the Second Amendment, quote all of it. Start by describing the well regulated militia of which you are a part, the predicate for the right to bear arms.

  • Jules

    Any Realtors online? Meeting total strangers showing properties in vacant homes does not seem safe. Is this a good enough reason to apply for a conceal carry permit? Anyone try applying in Contra Costa County?

    • robincalif

      I’m going to apply and I live in the Contra Costa County. I already have a gun permit but these days commuting in the Bay Area just for work can be a war zone.

      • Is your gun permit accepted throughout California?

  • Chris

    Does anybody know the required caliber for a handgun??

    • Required for what? It largely depends on what you want to do. Kill a ground squirrel or put a round through an engine block.

  • Jenn S.

    I applied for my CCW today. As a woman and a mother, I will always protect my children and myself.

  • Ray Morgan

    Anyone know how hard it is to get a CCW in San Bernardino county? I am going to apply for one soon..

  • Vanessa

    If anyone can answer my question please, I’d like to know…

    I am a property manager in a location in Riverside County, California at a mobile home community. The property was recently sold and the residents feel that, because they’ve lived there for numerous years without being told anything, they’ve been following the park’s rules, when in fact, they have not.

    As soon as I ask anyone to move their vehicles from the fire lanes, lower their music a little because it’s disturbing other residents, not to allow their small children run around by themselves without adult supervision, they get aggressive and have threatened to “*uck” me up. I’ve begun to fear they might hurt me since several of them will encircle me and want to have a yell fest. One instance where I felt even more threatened was when Ifound a box of. 22 bullets on the ground, outside of my window and I don’t own a gun.

    Because of these and many more instances, I’ve begun to fear for my safety and started contemplating applying for a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun.

    Could this be considered a good reason for requesting a permit?

    Thank you in advance for any help and/or advice.

    • warrantone

      “Good cause” is in your head. If you feel you need it, the 2nd Amendment says you have the right. You don’t have to explain yourself to someone else to determine if your rights apply to you.

  • Paul Dragotto

    i went to the sheriffs website and copied the forms, filled them out and said it was for personal pertection. i stated that the 9 circut court and a supream court judge said it was unconstituional to deny a ccp for self protection. sent it in with a $10.00 fee and my check cleared 3 weeks ago and i keep calling this womwen about the status and no return calls. this is in los angles. when i left the last message for this women to call me, i told her that i felt my constuttional rights are being violated. your not returning my calls after 3 weeks that my fee cleared. the instructor has to be certified with the sheriffs department, or he cannot give the course. talk about the run around. the guy at the range who told me this said to go to my local police chief and ask them for the forms. i know that orange county and san diago are giving them out like candy. fucking Los angles. we have more crime than the latter cities. shit!!

  • kaitlynn

    alright so I just want to make sure that I am reading all this correctly. Basically im going to jump through hoops and pay money to have the license in CA. My question is if self defense or (the fact that I work in a very unfriendly part of town and ALWAYS leave work after dark) enough of a reason for them. There has been ALOT of robberies and car break-ins lately where I work. Also does anyone have experience getting the permit at a younger age? is it more difficult? I highly doubt it but does anyone know if I would be able to carry at work as well or would I need to leave it in my purse or car? thank you.

  • one of the people

    i agree with the class action lawsuit these guys are criminals truning a protected right to keep and carry arm in to a privilege the red nazi coats are coming i mean there here takeing over already

  • wild-doc

    San Bernardino sucked back in the 2000’s before Sheriff-Coroner Hoops, I forget that other sheriff’s name, but his name seems to be erased from EVERYWHERE!!! I applied, perfectly clean record, former police officer, made $10,000 to $40,000 CASH bank deposits a day and I was LITERALLY told by the background investigator that although I had plenty of reasons to have a permit, if I didn’t donate at least $20,000 to the sheriff’s re-election campaign, I would never get one. Guess what, I went through their ridiculous training for an ex-police officer and I never got one after wasting over $400. Some low-level lieutenant called me and she just said “it’s denied” – no reason given. I hope Sheriff McMahon has made the application system more fair and reasonable.

  • mstrange33

    I live in a small unincorporated city in L.A where would i apply for a permit?.

  • tom

    if you have a ccp permit does that mean you can leave you pistol in a center consloe of a pick up that four to other people drive in . what happens if you get stop and they see it say you do not know whos gun it is

  • BryanG

    I’m moving to orange county, the city of Westminster in the next two months for a new job. I’ve read a lot of good comments on this thread, and have a question: do I have to get a CCW from the county in which I live, worship, or work? Or can I go to a different county (where I do not live, worship, or work in?), that is more CCW friendly and get a CCW permit?

  • RickyR

    I have an appointment this month. Do I need to complete the training program before my interview or is it acceptable to complete as you go through the process?

  • RickyR

    I have an appointment this month. Do I need to complete the training program before my interview or is it acceptable to complete as you go through the process?

  • Pam Parker

    I have been a CWC holder since 1994 in Florida and am moving back to California. After reading California law on Concealed weapons, can someone explain why as a legal permit holder , I have to keep my .38 snubnose, UNLOADED, and LOCKED in my car trunk. Excuse me Mr Carjacker..wait till I get my UNLOADED Gun from my LOCKED trunk before you kill me and my kids!

  • if they hadn’t banned open carry there would be no need to notify.

  • deeegeee

    I note good cause must be given..does that include the fact that everyone else is probably carrying ??

  • Darryl

    As a recently retired California Peace officer, I have seen what real time response is and how differently people react to stress in a violent situation. The difference to reacting in a given stressful tragic situation by persons is, ‘no’ training ! The old adage is, ” Failing to train, is training to Fail “. Since retiring I have lately been viewing the right to ‘Bear Arms’, and this issue has so many inconsistencies across our country that it makes me shake my head at our governments mindset and how easy it is for our government to take away the ability to have a CCW, even those that have been trained to use guns in their respective professions. I, personally, can comply with all the guidelines in my city, county or state and just travel a short distance away and be in conflict with another county or states requirements and possibly lose my Constitutional right to carry. Again, l state that all these inconsistencies nationwide make it easy for government to take my ‘Rights ‘ away, or anyone’s ! Due to being in law enforcement, I have seen many varied observations and actions taken and perceived by different law enforcement agencies and by some fellow officers that are confused on this matter as well, although they are more versed on this subject than most. As for a private citizen it is a different matter as to how a Police Officer perceives you with a CCW, with ‘no’ prior real life experience in stressful situations and training, they are naturally going to be cautiously skeptical as well when dealing with their own safety at the time of contact with any person carrying a gun. I feel that given the ‘right to carry’ should also come with it a mandatory ‘responsibility’ to have annual training associated with it, for practical reasons !! Others may disagree, but in a time of crisis who do you want to react, someone who has just a ‘right’ to have a CCW, or someone that has a CCW that is ‘trained’ and knows ‘how’ to use that weapon! The ‘ Right to Bear Arms ‘ is our Constitutional Right, don’t give that up based on a politician/s who can’t even change a car tire, let alone knows how to spell Glock, Sig Sauer, Beretta or, God forbid, Smith and Wesson !! Government still perceives the public as un-informed masses that needs to have ‘them’ determine what we need for our best interest. I served my country in both the military and law enforcement and am proud to live here, but in these present times we are now facing with a new ‘real’ life dilemma with ‘Terrorism’, as seen recently when things get ugly (Paris), or anywhere, the military or police can only react after the tragedy. People stared and watched the terrorists stop and reload their weapons and continued shooting others and did nothing but run like confused sheep because they had no options, but even ‘one’ citizen with training with their gun could have changed or minimized the the final result until response arrived, it was a very sad moment to watch. ‘Wake up folks’ (government), this is a really different time we live in today, I just want to have/keep my ability to defend myself, my family, and country again if necessary. I apologize for the long post, I am not a ‘Prepper’ by any stretch, but I felt the need to vent and voice a concern that is shared by many of my friends and family. I hope we (our government) can soon find a nationwide unified solution to this mess on ‘one’ of our most needed rights these days !!!!!!!

  • MIKE


  • defcon888

    Just curious as to CW’s in other states. I am in the early stages of getting a handgun and am doing my due diligence in educating myself. Is it possible to get a CW in other states even if you do not live in those states?. For example, I live in California but very close to Nevada and not very far from Arizona (that way I can carry in 49 states, until I get to Michigan). Again, no flaming ….I am a NOOB!

  • Jjr74

    Now that the FBI has deemed the SB tragedy terrorism? Everyone has a valid reason to CC.

  • jgs

    How about the 2nd ammendment!

  • Dalila Epperson

    I’m new and seriously considering a permit. I have a 38 special. Thanks for the tips on what to write in to “Provide Good Cause”- hoping that will go away after the case is heard. Any more tips?

  • plasmacutter

    This article needs to be updated for the new state law requiring CCW holders lock their weapons when entering public school grounds. In an actual shooter situation, I’d like to see one rational parent who would obey this law given the ultimatum between eventual felony arrest and an armed criminal threatening their kids, but oh well.

    If you still live in the state, make sure Newsom never gets into office.

  • linda gross

    im coming to calif and I have a legal carry permit from Georgia and you can bet it will be with me when I arrive there.

  • Chris

    I would like to think there might be a way to retrieve our Constitutional rights in this state but I see no hope given the entrenched nature and voter manipulation of the Left/ communists. All you can do is vote with your feet and go someplace normal and American. It’s a tragedy, as is the way the Left gains control of state’s major cities politically and then force everyone else there to to submit to their “ideas.”

    I’m leaving, CA is not the state I grew up in.

  • Charyn Michelle Whitaker

    Is anyone upset about the ads at the bottom? It’s disgusting and another sign that our country is shit. Change is necessary. Not only is it every citizens right to own a firearm, it’s constitutional backing States that we (citizens) can use said firearms to oppose a govt that is harmful, or deceitful. Ours is both. It’s time for a revolution. I am starting a YouTube channel to start this off right. Join me?

  • granddad1

    Any law passed to restrict the bearing of arms is an infringement of the 2d Amendment.

  • Long Gone

    If you are visiting CA, also be aware of the high-capacity magazine ban.

  • val d quinn

    can you CCW on travis afb,ca?

  • Captain Cabo

    Anyone tried to get a CCW in Orange County CA?

  • greg green

    I just heard San Francisco does not let you carry concealed even with a ccw permit! Who knows about this?

  • MikeD

    Can I carry a weapon that is not on my carry permit if I legally own it?

  • playsoftball

    Trump just struck down some of Assbamas laws regarding the 2nd ammendment rights. Time will tell on the Brown butt issue. How the hell he ever get back into this election process for Gov, since he had two terms years ago. I wasn’t aware they could be time seperation and run again. CA has too many corrupt politicians in office. That applies to some mayors as well.

  • Major T, U.S.M.C.

    What I don’t understand, and I have a degree from Princeton and was a Marine, if the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that it is NOT the responsibility of the police to protect citizens, even ones that have filed restraining orders (Bet you never heard this before huh?), then why isn’t it the law of the land to carry guns in EVERY state and city so you CAN protect yourself? Can someone please explain that simple question and of course simple answer to me? Common sense is lacking in this question of responsibility. If it is not the police requirement to protect citizens, then I’d like to protect myself. Seems reasonable, correct?

  • Shani Phillips

    What if my reasoning is to protect my land/property, my life and the lives of my offspring. Which is why I want it honestly.

  • Shani Phillips

    One more thing, if I get a permit in Tulare county that’s good for all of california or all states? (Traveling mandates Curiosity)

  • Worried About America

    I can speak only to Sacramento and Placer Counties. My original CCW was issued in Sacramento County under sheriff John McGinnis. My reason for requesting the permit was simply “self-defense and all other lawful purposes.” It was approved rather quickly. My next renewal was under sheriff Scott Jones. Same reason, same result. Later on I moved to Roseville (within the city limits) and had to submit application for a replacement CCW in Placer County as permits do not follow from county to county (another issue that needs to be addressed – a CCW approved in ones home county should be valid statewide until renewal.) In my application in Placer county the officer that reviewed my application actually filled in the “good cause” question for me with a very simple response. (The CCW application only allows the applicant to complete only a small portion of the application while the balance is completed by the interviewing officer.) The entire process here in Placer County took just two weeks start to finish – with no waiting for an initial appointment. The longest period of time was waiting for a renewal CCW class to be held. My renewal, also Placer County, was even easier in that there was no in person interview. They simply wanted proof of completion of the renewal CCW class and live fire successful qualification. What really astounds me is that neighboring county, Yolo County, is nearly 100% rural/ag and the sheriff over there will not issue a CCW to save his life. Thankfully I don’t live in San Francisco County where you will find a grand total of ZERO CCW holders. But, SF is in a world of its own.