Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW)

By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW license applications as well as revoke licenses that have already been issued.

 

People under the law are entitled to protection and self-defense. Additionally, I do not think this right should only be provided to the few, the elite, or to those with access to power. This is an equity issue and for far too long, people in our county have been denied this right. I intend as Sheriff to bring us into compliance with adjoining counties, (Sacramento, Solano, San Joaquin) that good cause and establishment for such cause is personal protection or self-defense. This will increase transparency and fairness in the process.

 

Below are the issuance criteria for consideration pursuant to California Penal Code 26150-26225, and 29610.

 

  • Age Restriction- All applicants must be 21 years or older.

  • Good Character- Applicants must have good character with respect to their ability to responsibly and safely carry
    and use a concealed weapon.

  • Good Cause- Proof that good cause exists for the issuance. Personal protection or self-defense is sufficient to establish good cause.

  • Residency – All applicants must provide proof that they are a resident of Contra Costa County or a city within Contra Costa County

  • 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

  • A psychological evaluation may be required of all applicants

  • Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm

  • Proof that the person is a citizen of the United States (or by providing one of the following: Naturalization
    documents, Valid US Passport, Valid Permanent Resident Card, or out of country Military Birth Certificate)

  • Complete required training and weapon qualification as required per California Penal Code

  • Important Reminder: It is your responsibility to know your workplace policy on weapons at work

 

By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW license applications as well as revoke licenses that have already been issued.