Riverside County Sheriff CCW Policy Statement
The Sheriff may issue a concealed weapons license to law-abiding residents of Riverside County who comply with the provisions of Penal Code Section §26150(a). The Sheriff has a public posture of not only supporting the issuance of a CCW for those law-abiding citizens that understand the responsibility a CCW requires, but also actively encourages our county residents to apply.
In accordance to PC §26150(a) and subject to department procedures, any resident of Riverside County may submit an application to the Sheriff’s CCW Unit.
Each applicant will be interviewed by the CCW staff to determine eligibility. Accepted applications will be individually investigated to determine residency, moral character, and good cause. Applicants will be required to submit documentation to support and demonstrate their need.
Good cause is an individual issue. Penal Code Section §26150(a) gives extremely broad discretion to the Sheriff concerning the issuance of concealed weapons licenses, and explicitly grants discretion to the issuing agency to issue or not issue a license to applicants meeting the minimum statutory requirements.
The Sheriff may place restrictions on any license that the Sheriff deems warranted. The restrictions may include the time, place, manner, and circumstances under which the licensee may carry the weapon.
Notwithstanding any appeal process, any license, which grants the holder permission to carry a concealable firearm, shall, at all times remain the property of the Sheriff, and may be denied, suspended, or revoked at any time without cause. At no time does the license become the property of the holder.
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.