Exposed Firearm Permit
Weekly Event - Every 4 weeks - Every Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)
Aliso Viejo, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This course satisfy's the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services requirement of 14 Hours of classroom (8hrs) and range (6hrs) instruction. Topics covered are:
- Legal and moral responsibilities
- Firearms nomenclature/ maintenance
- Weapons handling/ safety
- Fundamentals of shooting
- Mindset and situational awareness
- Emergency procedures
- Firearms qualification
The first part of the class will be held on the dates listed, and the range portion on the following Saturday.
The range portion of the training begins at 1000hrs and will be held at Evans Shooters World - 1637 North Brian Street, Orange, CA
Ancillary costs, such as ammunition and/or gun & other equipment rentals, are the responsibility of the student. We will make an effort to have extra firearms available to allow an individual the opportunity to qualify in the major calibers (9mm, .40 and .45acp)
STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PRIOR TO COURSE PARTICIPATION. THESE DOCUMENTS ARE ACCEPTABLE EVIDENCE OF UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE:
1. Alien Registration Receipt Card [green card] (INS Form I-151 or AR-3a; issued by INS prior to June 1978). This card must contain a photograph of the bearer.
2. Permanent Resident Card [green card] (INS Form I-551, a revised edition of INS Form I-151). This card must contain a photograph of the bearer.
3. Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570). This certificate must contain a photograph of the bearer with a dry seal over the photograph.
4. United States Citizen Identification Card (INS Form I-197). INS no longer issues these cards, however, once issued, they do not expire). Must contain photo & physical description.
5 Identification Card for use of Resident Citizen in the United States (INS Form I-179). INS stopped issuing this card after 1977; however, once issued, they do not expire.
6. Certificate of United States Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561).
7. Certificate of Birth abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545 or form DS-1350).
8. Native American Tribal documents.
9. United States Military ID card.
10. Report of Separation [military discharge] (Form DD-214).
11. Birth Certificate showing birth in the United States, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Swains Island, or United States Virgin Islands.
12. United States Passport (unexpired).
13. Permit to Reenter the United States (INS Form I-327).
14. Refugee or parolee documents only if accompanied by INS Form I-151, AR-3a, or I-551.
EXPOSED FIREARM PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
Firearms Requirements for Security Guards, Alarm Agents, Private Investigators and Private Patrol Operators
Even if you are licensed or registered in the security, alarm, or private investigation fields, you may not carry a gun on duty - whether loaded or unloaded - unless you have been issued an exposed firearm permit by the Department of Consumer Affairs. You must keep the permit with you at all times while on duty.
Note: It is illegal for a licensee or registrant to carry a CONCEALED weapon on duty without a permit issued by local authorities.
Filing an Application
To apply for a firearm permit, you must:
- Take a 14-hour course (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) in the carrying and use of firearms given by a Bureau- certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau certified training facility
- Pass the written and range exams given at the end of the course
- Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status; and
- Submit a firearm permit application, pay an $80 application fee and submit a Live Scan form (which is appropriate to your license or registration) signed by the Live Scan site operator. A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint processing fee and $19 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site. Send your application package to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002
Classroom Training-During your eight hours of classroom training, you will learn moral and legal aspects of firearms use, firearms nomenclature, weapons handling and shooting fundamentals, and emergency procedures.
Range Training-The six hours of range training will give you practice in safely handling and firing your weapon. You must requalify on the range twice a year before renewing your permit.
Training Schools-Schools and training instructors must be certified by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. For a list of licensed training schools, call (800) 952-5210.
Renewals-Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart. The application for renewal should be submitted to the Bureau within 60 days before the expiration date. The current fee for renewing a firearm permit is $98. You may not renew your permit once you have allowed it to expire. You must instead apply for a new permit.
Weapons Incidents-A security guard who discharges a weapon while on duty (except on the range) must: (1) report the incident to his or her employer within 24 hours and (2) file a written report with the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, within 7 days. Failure to do so may result in a fine.
Violations-The following acts are prohibited by law while a licensee/registrant is on duty:
- Illegally using, carrying, or possessing a dangerous weapon
- Carrying an inoperable, replica, or simulated firearm
- Brandishing or misusing a weapon
- Drawing a weapon without proper cause
- Provoking a shooting incident without cause
- Carrying or using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs; and
- Carrying or using a firearm of a different caliber than that for which a firearm permit has been issued.
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We will refund any classes up to 48 hours before an event starts, minus any fee's that may have been charged by Eventbrite and/or Paypal.
Purchasing a Firearm
In order to purchase a firearm, you MUST have an Handgun Safety Certificate, or be exempt.
What are the Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) requirement exemption codes?
- X01 = Special Weapons Permit Holder
- X02 = Operation of Law Representative
- X03 = Handgun being returned to the owner
- X13 = FFL collector with COE (curio and relic handguns only)
- X21 = Military - Active Duty
- X22 = Military - Reserve
- X25 = Military - Honorably Retired
- X31 = Peace Officer - California - Active
- X32 = Peace Officer - Federal - Active
- X33 = Peace Officer - California - Honorably Retired
- X34 = Peace Officer - California - Reserve
- X35 = Peace Officer - Federal - Honorably Retired
- X41 = Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit Holder
- X81 = P.O.S.T. 832 PC (Firearms) Training
- X91 = Particular and Limited Authority Peace Officers
- X95 = Law Enforcement Service Gun to Family Member