California law requires concealed weapon license applicants to satisfy specific criteria prior to being considered for issuance of a license. The requirements are as follows:
Residency: All applicants must provide proof that they are a resident of the County of Orange. Non-residents will be referred to the appropriate licensing agency.
Training: The applicant must complete and show current proof of attendance and a successful completion certificate from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department approved Concealed Carry Course containing modules on safety, the law, and the applicant’s ability to handle a firearm safely. The course will be 4 or 16 hours. The training should not be taken until preliminary approval for the CCW license is granted and the applicant’s fingerprints are taken.
Good Character: Applicants must attest to good character with respect to their ability to responsibly and safely carry and use a concealed weapon.
Good Cause: Applicants must establish that good cause exists to support a request for a license to carry a concealed weapon. Criteria that may establish good cause include the following:
Specific evidence that there has been or is likely to be an attempt on the part of a second party to do great bodily harm to the applicant.
The nature of the business or occupation of the applicant is such that it is subject to high personal risk and / or criminal attack, far greater risk than the general population.
A task of the business or occupation of the applicant requires frequent transportation of large sums of money or other valuables and alternative protective measures or security cannot be employed.
When a business or occupation is of a high-risk nature and requires the applicant’s presence in a dangerous environment.
The occupation or business of the applicant is such that no means of protection, security or risk avoidance can mitigate the risk other than the carrying of a concealed firearm.
Personal protection is warranted to mitigate a threat to the applicant that the applicant is able to substantiate.
Note: These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive – they are provided merely for your reference. Also, state and local laws do not prohibit an adult from having a concealed weapon in their home or place of business.
Disclaimer No resident has the right to a license, nor is the Sheriff required to issue a license. By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW license applications as well as revoke licenses that have already been issued.
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