NEW Law for CCW License Holders
If you are a CCW license holder in Northern California then there are some significant changes taking place with respect to the requirements to renew your license. These changes are taking effect January 1st, 2019. In most of the counties north of Sacramento, the majority of sheriffs currently require a 4 hour renewal course that covers the legal use of deadly force, an update on new laws, and a review of firearm safety. This could normally be completed in the classroom. However, the new law known as AB2103, changes penal code section 26165 to require renewal applicants qualify with each firearm on their CCW license. The specific language reads, “ The course shall include live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range and shall include a demonstration by the applicant of safe handling of, and shooting proficiency with, each firearm that the applicant is applying to be licensed to carry.”
In effect, this now requires every CCW license holder renewing their license to physically go to the shooting range and qualify with each firearm listed on their license. This is in addition to the overall requirements of the presentation of the legal use of deadly force, update of laws, and firearm safety. Undoubtedly, most sheriffs will be increasing the overall minimum length of the renewal course to accommodate the additional range time.
Here is a link to the actual text of the new law for your review: https://leginfo.legislature.ca
I have contacted the Shasta and Tehama County Sheriff’s Offices for more information and will keep our CCW community updated as I learn more about the new qualification requirements, such as, the number of rounds to be fired with each weapon, distances from the targets and the minimum score required to pass. These standards are set by the local licensing authority, which is generally the county sheriff.
Although, it is a good idea for CCW holders to show proficiency with their firearms, I cannot help but believe this is another anti-gun law in California that makes the CCW process more costly, time consuming and difficult.
Thank you for your support and I’ll look forward to training with you in the future.
Joel Northrup, Firearms Academy of Redding