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Does California Require Live Range Fire to Get A CCW Permit?

Across the country, the number of concealed carry permit applicants has been on the rise, however from state to state the rules to receive said permit can be quite different. For example. some states require concealed carry applicants to prove their handgun competency by firing the handgun as a prerequisite to applying.

So being the proponents of firearm education that we are, we at Concealed Carry Inc. feel it is a good idea for citizens to acquire as much training as they can as part of their journey to being a safe and capable concealed carrier, however before worrying about what you should do as a new applicant, let’s take a look at what you must do to receive a permit in your state.

California is included in the number of states that do not require live fire. California goes only as far as to require that citizens take a firearm safety course within 10 years of applying for the permit. That class not only doesn’t have to include live fire, but the state doesn’t have any required curriculum at all.That doesn’t mean that you can’t find a class in California that includes live fire. If you are a handgun amateur and would like a little extra training as part of your concealed carry class you may consider seeking out an instructor who includes live fire in their curriculum. You will pay more for it.

Regardless of what you decide, remember that your handgun is only as effective as you are trained and practiced with it. Seek out ongoing training and practice opportunities as often as time and finances allow for it. If you feel uncomfortable or incompetent on the range, seek out professional help!

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2 Responses to Does California Require Live Range Fire to Get A CCW Permit?

  1. Bill Giddings March 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Good afternoon,

    MY CCW permit valid currently in California/Placer County will expire this August. At what point can I sign up for a renewal of my permit with your class? Will you also require live fire for your renewal applicants? What are your total fees for the renewal class?

    Thanks for your input and time regarding this matter?

    • jacob March 31, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      With most counties you can start your renewal process up to 60 days before your permit expires. I would recommend that you start your class either the end of April or the end of May and then get your appointment for your renewal. Our April classes are on the 29th and 30th. Or May classes are the last full weekend of May for Placer County the cost for renewal is 103. There’s also a $20 range fee. Also, you do need to re-qualify with each firearm that you wish to have on your permit.

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