The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to the safety of its residents. The Sheriff is authorized to issue concealed carry weapon permits (CCW) to county residents who qualify under California law. A CCW authorizes a private person to carry a concealed firearm in public.
Sheriff McMahon believes in the issuance of CCW permits to law abiding citizens, and the Sheriff’s Employee Resources Department is very helpful in completing the process. Sheriff McMahon often comes into classes and stresses his belief that citizens with a CCW make our community safer, and also is available to answer questions. All of the forms you need as well as a very helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions are online here.
To qualify for a CCW, you must be of good moral character, a full time resident of San Bernardino County with valid identification, at least 21 years old. You must own and have a gun registered in California. You cannot have any felony convictions or specified misdemeanors as per Penal Code Sections 29900-29905, or have any open criminal cases or pending citations. You also cannot be on active probation.
The cost to obtain your initial CCW are $387.00, payable as follows:
Due at Time of Interview Appointment
- Fingerprinting $119.00
- 20% of admin/background fees $ 31.20
Due at Time of Safety Training and Range Course
- SBSD Range Fee $112.00
- 80% of admin/background fees $124.80
Notary Fee for one form (approx.) $ 10.00
Total Initial CCW Fees $387.00
All of the forms you will need to complete online can be found here. Here is a listing of what’s required:
- California Department of Justice CCW Application
- Initial Instructions
- Notarization Form
- Employment/Residence History Form
- Employment Verification
- Domestic Violence Disclosure
- Pre-Background Interview
- Verification of Concealed Weapons
Employees Resources will contact you to schedule your firearms safety course. Penal Code Section 26165, requires all CCW permit holders to attend this mandatory 8-hour training course before issuance of a new CCW permit. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is the only place you can do this training. Part of the class includes a range qualification test to make sure you can safely handle your firearm. You may have up to 3 firearms listed on your permit, and you should bring all firearms with you to your training course.
The process is pretty quick, once you complete all forms online, generally you’ll get an interview appointment within 30 days, with the 8 hour training course scheduled about 5 months later.
Here’s a couple tips to help you get through the process.
First, be sure to read over all the pages on the Sheriff’s CCW page and follow the instructions carefully, especially with respect as when to bring and not bring your firearms for appointments.
Second, the Sheriff’s Department will investigate your background as they put a heavy weight on determining if a person is of good moral character, so be brutally honest in answering questions on the applications. Read each question carefully and answer it completely. Some of the questions ask for the last 5 years, others ask if ever, make sure you answer appropriately. Traffic violations are for moving violations and accidents in the last 5 years. One of the last questions is whether you have withheld any fact that might affect the decision to approve this license, don’t overlook this. Even if you are not approved because of something on the application, it’s better than making a false statement on your application. You should expect calls or visits to your neighbors and or place of employment by Deputies.
California law requires that you must show Good Cause for issuance of a CCW. Sheriff McMahon has a broad interpretation of good cause statements for personal protection, but here are some good tips in constructing your Good Cause Statement:
- The Ask: “I am asking to be issued a CCW so I can legally carry a firearm for self defense outside the home because I _________________.
- Give the Who, What, Where, How, When- Explains what activity or profession that puts you at risk. “As a ____, I _____ and that makes me a target for _____”
- Tell your story- Tell about an experience that relates to why you’re asking for a CCW. References to specific events may need to be accompanied by copies of police reports.
- Experience level-Briefly explain certifications or classes you’ve taken to become proficient in firearms use.
- Make a request for your permit-“I am afraid that I will be killed or injured as a result of these activities. For these reasons, I am requesting that I be granted a concealed weapons permit.”
Please note that San Bernardino County Gun Owners are not attorneys and this should not be considered legal advice. Even if you follow these steps completely, you may not be approved for issuance.