California a May Issue State and currently issues licenses to carry concealed firearms to residents of California.
When a person applies for a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, the sheriff of a county may issue a license to that person.
California does not issues licenses or permits to carry concealed to non-residents.
Does having a California License to Carry exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm in California?
It has been reported that some licensing authorities don’t take fingerprints when submitting an application which delays the process since they need this to start the background check but this is unlawful.
Licensing authorities can also require psychological testing and the fees for this cannot exceed $150.
- The applicant is of good moral character.
- Good cause exists for issuance of the license.
- The applicant is a resident of the county or a city within the county, or the applicant’s principal place of employment or business is in the county or a city within the county and the applicant spends a substantial period of time in that place of employment or business.
- The applicant has completed a course of training as described in Section 26165.
The licensing authority may require a community college course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, up to a maximum of 24 hours, but only if required uniformly of all license applicants without exception.
For license renewal applicants, the course of training may be any course acceptable to the licensing authority, shall be no less than four hours, and shall include instruction on at least firearm safety and the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm. No course of training shall be required for any person certified by the licensing authority as a trainer for purposes of this section, in order for that person to renew a license issued pursuant to this article.
The applicant shall not be required to pay for any training courses prior to the determination of good cause being made pursuant to Section 26202.
Does military training exempt you from the training requirements to get a California License to Carry?
Where can I find a firearm instructor for the required training to get a California License to Carry?
Do you have to notify the Sheriff that issued your California License to Carry if you get arrested or convicted of a crime?
If you move my permanent residence to another state, is your California License to Carry still valid?
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.
Are you allowed to carry concealed in California State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?
State Forests: Yes
National Forests: Yes
Road Side Rest Areas: Yes
10/9/2017 – Updated and confirmed all information and updated page layout.
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