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About Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Licenses in Riverside County

GunsYou may not carry a concealed firearm on your person in public unless you have a valid concealed weapon (CCW) license issued in the State of California. California law does not recognize CCW licenses issued in other states.

Licenses are granted by local law enforcement agencies:

  • The Riverside County Sheriff's Department grants concealed weapon permits to full-time residents of the county.
    • If you live in a city within the county of Riverside where another agency is your police department, you may apply directly with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for an application.
    • If you reside outside of Riverside County, you should contact the Sheriff's Department for the county where you reside.

Getting Started

Good Cause

A California Sheriff has broad discretion as provided in Penal Code Section §26150(a) to issue a CCW to those qualified citizens residing in the Sheriff's jurisdiction who demonstrate both "good cause" and "good moral character." These persons are entrusted to carry loaded, concealed firearms into our public places throughout California. Examples of such public places include our roadways, movie theaters, shopping centers and malls, grocery stores, and the like throughout California.

Restrictions on Firearms Possession

State and Federal laws make it unlawful for certain persons to own and/or possess firearms. All applicants for a CCW will be fingerprinted and state records will be checked to determine if they are in a prohibiting class.

United States Supreme CourtOn February 24, 2009, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of United States v. Hayes, upheld the provision of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 which prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a weapon.

Any person who has a conviction for any misdemeanor listed in California Penal Code 29805 including a domestic violence misdemeanor, or for any felony, or is addicted to the use of any narcotic drug, or has been held involuntarily as a danger to self or others pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 8103 is prohibited from buying, owning, or possessing firearms.

Various other prohibitions exist for mental conditions, domestic restraining/protective orders, conditions of probation, and offenses committed as a juvenile.

Laser Sights

Laser sights may now be used on firearms approved to be carried in a concealed status.

  • It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure the system is operable, correctly attached to the firearm, and properly adjusted for accuracy.
  • Standard (non-laser) sights must be used during qualifications.


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