License to Carry a Firearm
218.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The Sheriff is given the statutory discretion to issue a license to carry a firearm to residents within the community (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code 26155). This policy will provide a written process for the application and issuance of such licenses. Pursuant to Penal Code § 26160, this policy shall be made accessible to the public.
The Del Norte Sheriffs Office will fairly and impartially consider all applications to carry firearms in accordance with applicable law and this policy.
218.3 QUALIFIED APPLICANTS
In order to qualify for a license to carry a firearm, the applicant must meet certain requirements, including:
(a) Be a resident of the County of Del Norte (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code § 26155).
(b) Be at least 21 years of age (Penal Code § 29610).
(c) Fully complete an application that will include substantial personal information. Much of the information in the application may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.
(d) Be free from criminal convictions that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm. Fingerprints will be required and a complete criminal background check will be conducted.
(e) Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code § 26155). The applicant shall provide at least three letters of character reference.
(f) Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code § 26155).
(g) Pay all associated application fees. These fees are set by statute and may not be refunded if the application is denied.
(h) Provide proof of ownership or registration of any firearm to be licensed.
(i) Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm (Penal Code § 26190).
(j) Complete required training (Penal Code § 26165)
218.4 APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process for a license to carry a firearm s~all consist of two phases. Upon the successful completion of each phase, the applicant will advance to the next phase until the process is completed and the license is either issued or denied.
218.4.1 PHASE ONE (TO BE COMPLETED BY ALL APPLICANTS)
(a) Any individual applying for a license to carry a firarm shall first fully complete a California Department of Justice (DOJ) application to be signed under penalty of perjury. Any applicant who provides false information or statements on the application will be removed from further consideration and may be prosecuted for a criminal offense (Penal Code § 26180).
1. In the event of any discrepancies in the application or background investigation, the applicant may be required to undergo a polygraph examination, at no cost to the applicant.
2. If an incomplete application package is received , the Sheriff or authorized designee may do any of the following:
(a) Require the applicant to complete the package before any further processing.
(b) Advance the incomplete package to phase two for conditional processing pending completion of all mandatory conditions.
(c) Issue a denial if the materials submitted at the time demonstrate that the applicant would not qualify for a license to carry a firearm even if the package was completed (e.g. , not a resident, disqualifying criminal conviction , absence of good cause).
(b) At the time the completed application is submitted, the applicant shall submit a check made payable to the California Department of Justice for the required California DOJ application fee, along with a separate check made available to the County of Del Norte for a nonrefundable 20 percent of the application fee to cover the cost of processing the application (Penal Code § 26190).
1. Additional fees may be required for fingerprinting , training or psychological testing , in addition to the application fee.
2. Full payment of the remainder of the application fee will be required upon issuance of a license.
3. Payment of related fees may be waived if the applicant is a duly appointed reserve peace officer as defined in Penal Code § 830.6 (a) or (b) (Penal Code § 26170).
(c) The applicant shall be required to submit to fingerprinting and a complete criminal background check by the California DOJ. A second set of fingerprints may be required for retention in department files. Two recent passport-size photos (2 inches by 2 inches) of the applicant shall be submitted for department use. No person determined to fall within a prohibited class described in Penal Co~e § 29800, Penal Code § 29900, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8100 or Welfare and Institutions Code § 8103 will be issued a license to carry a firearm. A license shall not be issued if the California DOJ determines that the applicant is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving , owning or purchasing a firearm (Penal Code § 26195).
(d) The applicant shall submit at least three signed letters of character reference from individuals other than relatives.
(e) The applicant shall submit proof of ownership or registration of each firearm to be licensed.
Once the Sheriff or authorized designee has reviewed the completed application package and relevant background information, the application will either be advanced to phase two or denied.
In the event that an application is denied at the conclusion of, or during, phase one, the applicant shall be notified in writing within 90 days of t~ e initial application or within 30 days after receipt of the applicant's criminal background check from the California DOJ, whichever is later. If the license is denied, the notice shall state which requirement was not satisfied (Penal Code § 26205).
218.4.2 PHASE TWO
This phase is to be completed only by those applicants successfully completing phase one.
(a) Upon successful completion of phase one, the applicant shall be scheduled for a personal interview with the Sheriff or authorized designee. During this stage, there will be further discussion of the applicant's statement of good cause and any potential restrictions or conditions that might be placed on the license.
1. The determination of good cause should consider the totality of circumstances in each individual case.
2. Any denial for lack of good cause should be rational , articulable and not arbitrary in nature.
3. The Department will provide written notice to the applicant as to the determination of good cause (Penal Code § 26202).
(b) The Sheriff may, based upon criteria established by the Sheriff, require that the applicant be referred to an authorized psychologist used by the Department for psychological testing. The cost of such psychological testing (not to exceed $150) shall be paid by the applicant. The purpose of 9ny such psychological testing is intended only to identify any outward indications or history of psychological problems that might render the applicant unfit to carry a firearm. This testing is not intended to certify in any other respect that the applicant is psy1chologically fit. If it is determined that the applicant is not a suitable candidate for carrying a firearm, the applicant shall be removed from further consideration (Penal Code § 26190).
(c) The applicant shall complete a course of training I approved by the agency, which complies with Penal Code § 26165. The applicant will not be required to complete and pay for any training courses prior to any determination of good cause (Penal Code § 26165; Penal Code § 26202).
(d) The applicant shall submit any firearm to be considered for a license to the Rangemaster or other departmentally authorized gunsmith, at no cost to the applicant, for a full safety inspection. The Sheriff reserve the right to deny a license for any firearm that has been altered from the manufacture's specifications or that is unsafe (Penal Code § 31910).
(e) The applicant shall successfully complete a firearms safety and proficiency examination with the firearm to be licensed, to be !administered by the department Rangemaster, or provide proof of successful completion of another departmentally approved firearms safety and proficiency examination, including completion of all releases and other forms. The cost of any outside inspection/examination shall be the responsibility of the applicant.
Once the Sheriff or authorized designee has verified the successful completion of phase two, the license to carry a firearm will either be granted or denied.
Whether an application is approved or denied at the conclusion of or during phase two, the applicant shall be notified in writing within 90 days of the initial application or within 30 days after receipt of the applicant's criminal background check from the California DOJ, whichever is later. If the license is denied, the notice shall state which requirement was not satisfied (Penal Code § 26205).
218.5 LIMITED BUSINESS LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM
The authority to issue a limited business license to carry a concealed firearm to a non-resident applicant is granted only to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant works. A chief of a municipal police department may not issue limited licenses (Penal Code § 26150). Therefore, such applicants may be referred to the Sheriff for processing.
An individual who is not a resident of the county but who otherwise successfully completes all portions of phases one and two above, may apply for and be issued a limited license subject to approval by the Sheriff and subject to the following:
(a) The applicant physically spends a substantial period of working hours in the applicant's principal place of employment or business within the County of Del Norte (Penal Code § 26150).
(b) Such a license will be valid for a period not to exceed 90 days from the date of issuance (Penal Code § 26220).
(c) The applicant shall provide a copy of the license to the licensing authority of the city or county in which the applicant resides (Penal Code § 26220).
(d) Any application for renewal or reissuance of such a license may be granted only upon concurrence of the original issuing authority and the licensing authority of the city or county in which the applicant resides (Penal Code § 26220).
218.6 ISSUED FIREARMS PERMITS
In the event a license to carry a firearm is issued by the Sheriff, the following shall apply:
(a) The license will not be valid outside the state of California.
(b) The license will be subject to any and all reasonable restrictions or conditions the Sheriff has deemed warranted , including restrictions as to the time, place, manner and circumstances under which the person may carry the firearm.
1. All such restrictions or conditions shall be conspicuously noted on any license issued (Penal Code § 26200).
2. The licensee will be required to sign a Restrictions and Conditions Agreement. Any violation of any of the restrictions and conditions may result in the immediate revocation of the license.
(c) The license shall be laminated, bearing a phot9graph of the licensee with the expiration date, type of firearm, restrictions and other pertinent information clearly visible
1. Each license shall be numbered and clearly identify the licensee.
2. All licenses shall be subjected to inspection by the Sheriff or any law enforcement officer.
(d) The license will be valid for a period not to exceed two years from the date of issuance
(Penal Code § 26220).
1. A license issued to a state or federal magistrate, commissioner or judge will be valid for a period not to exceed three years.
2. A license issued to any reserve peace officer as defined in Penal Code § 830.6(a) or (b), or a custodial officer employed by the Sheriff as provided in Penal Code § 831.5 will be valid for a period not to exceed four years, except that such license shall be invalid upon the individual's conclusion of service as a reserve officer.
(e) If the licensee's place of residence was the basis for issuance of a license and the licensee moves out of the county of issuance, the license shall expire 90 days after the licensee has moved (Penal Code § 26210).
(f) The licensee shall notify this department in writing within 10 days of any change of place of residency.
218.6.1 LICENSE RESTRICTIONS
(a) The Sheriff may place special restrictions limiting time, place, manner and circumstances under which any license shall be Vi lid. In general, these restrictions will prohibit the licensee from:
1. Consuming any alcoholic beverage while armed.
2. Falsely representing him/herself as a peace officer.
3. Unjustified or unreasonable displaying of a firearm.
4. Committing any crime.
5. Being under the influence of any medication or drug while armed.
6. Interfering with any law enforcement officer's duties.
7. Refusing to display his/her license or firearm for inspection upon demand of any peace officer.
8. Loading the permitted firearm with illegal ammunition.
(b) The Sheriff reserves the right to inspect any license\or licensed firearm at any time.
(c) The alteration of any previously approved firearm including, but not limited to adjusting the trigger pull, adding laser sights or modifications shall void any license and serve as grounds for revocation.
218.6.2 AMENDMENTS TO LICENSES
Any licensee may apply to amend a license at any time during the period of validity by completing and submitting a written Application for License Amendment along with the current processing fee to the Department in order to (Penal Code § 26215):
(a) Add or delete authority to carry a firearm listed on the license.
(b) Change restrictions or conditions previously placed on the license.
(c) Change the address or other personal information I of the licensee (Penal Code § 26210).
In the event that any amendment to a valid license is approved by the Sheriff, a new license will be issued reflecting the amendment. An amendment to any license will not serve to extend the original expiration date and an application for an amendment will not constitute an application for renewal of the license.
218.6.3 REVOCATION OF LICENSES
Any license issued pursuant to this policy may be immediately revoked by the Sheriff for any of the following reasons:
(a) The licensee has violated any of the restrictions or conditions placed upon the license.
(b) The licensee becomes psychologically unsuitable lo carry a firearm. The licensee is determined to be within a prohibit~d class described in Penal Code § 29800, Penal Code § 29900, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8100, Welfare and
(c) Institutions Code § 8103 or any state or federal law.
(d) The licensee engages in any conduct which involves a lack of good moral character or that might otherwise remove the good cause for the original issuance of the license.
(e) If the license is one to carry loaded and exposed, the license shall be revoked immediately upon a change of the licensee's place of residence to another county (Penal Code § 26210).
The issuance of a license by the Sheriff shall not entitle the holder to either a property or liberty interest as the issuance, amendment or revocation of such license remains exclusively within the discretion of the Sheriff as set forth herein. If any license is revoked, the Department will immediately notify the licensee in writing and
the California DOJ (Penal Code § 26225).
218.6.4 LICENSE RENEWAL
No later than 90 days prior to the expiration of any valid license to carry a firearm , the licensee may apply to the Sheriff for a renewal by:
(a) Verifying all information submitted in the original application under penalty of perjury.
(b) Completing a department-approved training course pursuant to Penal Code § 26165. The applicant shall not be required to pay for a training course prior to the determination of good cause (Penal Code § 26165).
(c) Submitting any firearm to be considered for a license renewal to the Rangemaster for a full safety inspection. The Sheriff reserves the right to deny a license for any firearm that has been altered from the manufacturer's specifications or that is unsafe (Penal Code § 31910).
(d) Paying a non-refundable renewal application fee.
Once the Sheriff or authorized designee has verified the successful completion of the renewal process, the renewal of the license to carry a firearm will either be granted or denied. Prior issuance of a license shall not entitle any licensee to any property or liberty right to renewal.
Whether an application for renewal is approved or denied, the applicant shall be notified, in writing within 90 days of the renewal application or within 30 days after receipt of the applicant's criminal background check from the California DOJ, whichever is later (Penal Code § 26205).
218.7 DEPARTMENT REPORTING AND RECORDS
Pursuant to Penal Code § 26225, the Sheriff shall maintain a record of the following and immediately provide copies of each to the California DOJ:
(a) The denial of a license
(b) The denial of an amendment to a license
(c) The issuance of a license
(d) The amendment of a license
(e) The revocation of a license
The Sheriff shall annually submit to the State Attorney General the total number of licenses to carry firearms issued to reserve peace officers and judges.
218.8 CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS
The home address and telephone numbers of any peace officer, magistrate, commissioner or judge contained in an application or license shall not be considered public record (Government Code § 62S4(u)(2)).
Any information in an application or license which tends to indicate when or where the applicant is vulnerable to attack or that concerns the applicant's medical or psychological history or that of his/her family shall not be considered public record (Government Code § 62S4(u)(1 )).