Some people in California want to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). These permits are issued under Penal Codes §26150 or 26155. According to these sections of the law in California, individuals can get permits from either:
- The sheriff of their county OR
- The head of a municipal police department
Individuals can only get a license if they meet certain criteria. You can review these criteria right here with the Simmrin Law Group. We’ll help you after you call us at (310) 997-4688.
Regulations for Obtaining a CCW License in California
Only some individuals in California are legally permitted to obtain a CCW permit. The state has set forth regulations regarding the acquisition of these permits. You can only get a permit if you:
- Are of “good moral character”
- Have a good cause to get the license
- Meet California’s residency requirements
- Went through a firearms training course
The state only issues CCW licenses to individuals who have “good cause.” Good cause means that you believe you are in immediate danger. You can also receive one of these permits if you believe another member of your family is in danger.
Additionally, individuals can only get a permit if they complete specific firearms training courses. This course must provide at least either hours of instruction. A firearms training course also has to include shooting exercises that involve live-fire. Failure to complete a proper training course will prevent you from acquiring a CCW license.
Differences Between PC 26150 and 26155
Individuals in California can seek a CCW license under either PC 26155 or 26150. Both of these sections of the legal code have the same requirements. So, why are there two separate sections of the code to handle this license?
Generally, these codes vary based on the law enforcement agency that handles your area of the state. Individuals who live in a county with a sheriff will seek a CCW permit under PC 26150. Individuals with different law enforcement agencies use PC 26155.
We can help you review the proper penal code to use to get a CCW permit in California. Just contact us at (310) 997-4688. Our weapons charges lawyers in Los Angeles are prepared to answer your questions, so contact the Simmrin Law Group right now.
Restrictions on Getting a CCW Permit in California
There are a few additional restrictions you should know about when it comes to obtaining a CCW permit. Some people in California are prohibited from acquiring these permits. Individuals cannot get a CCW permit if they are:
- Convicted of some misdemeanors or any felonies
- Addicted to any kind of narcotics
- Suffering from a mental illness
Furthermore, the state doesn’t offer CCW permits to some individuals convicted of domestic violence. Felony and domestic violence convictions can even lead to the loss of an individual’s right to own and keep firearms.
Individuals who lose their gun rights are not allowed to possess firearms at all. This means they cannot get a CCW permit. They are also not allowed to keep or own a firearm in their home. They are not allowed to have a gun in any situation.
Getting a CCW Permit in Los Angeles
Generally, you must go through three phases when you apply for a CCW permit. You’ll need to:
Complete a Paper Application
You will need to submit a paper application to a law enforcement agency in your county to begin the process. Note that you’ll be expected to pay a fee when submitting this application. Fees are often as much as $200.
Go Through an Interview Process
You should be prepared to answer interview questions if your initial application is approved. The issuing agency will want to know why you want the license. They’ll also go over your criminal history. You should expect to go through fingerprinting during the interview process. Sometimes this process involves more than one interview.
Submit to a Psychological Evaluation
Finally, some areas of California will require you to submit to a psychological evaluation before you receive a CCW permit. This assessment will measure your mental well-being. You will have to pay a fee for this assessment. In some cases, you may need to pay up to $150.
Legal Charges and a CCW Permit in California
Acquiring a CCW permit in California allows you to avoid certain legal charges. For example, individuals with this permit do not face criminal charges under Penal Code §25400. PC 25400 deals with carrying concealed weapons in California.
Individuals convicted under PC 25400 can face fines and jail time. Inform a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles if you were charged under PC 25400 and if you have a CCW permit. However, you should also know that CCW permits do not allow you to carry all kinds of firearms. This permit only allows you to carry:
- Other firearms capable of being concealed on your body
This means that you can still face charges in court if you carry assault weapons in California. Penal Code §30600 deals with carrying assault weapons in California. Additionally, a CCW permit only allows you to carry weapons in our state.
You cannot take out or use a firearm in public with a CCW permit. You could face charges for brandishing a weapon if you use a firearm in this way, even with a CCW permit.
Contact a Lawyer About Penal Code 26150 and 26155 Today
Speak to the Simmrin Law Group if you are curious about obtaining a license for carrying a concealed weapon. Our team can help you review Penal Codes 26140 and 26155. Reach out to us right now for help by calling (310) 997-4688. We also have an online contact form. We’ll focus on the steps you need to take to get a CCW permit.
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