California law requires concealed weapon license applicants to satisfy specific criteria prior to being considered for issuance of a license. The requirements are as follows:
- Residency: All applicants must provide proof that they are a resident of the County of Modoc. Non-residents will be referred to the appropriate licensing agency.
- Training: The applicant must complete and show proof of successful completion from a Modoc County Sheriff’s Office approved Concealed Carry Course containing modules on safety, the law, and the applicant’s ability to handle a firearm safely. The course shall be a minimum 8 hours for the initial application, and 4 hours for renewals.
- Good Character: Applicants must attest to good character with respect to their ability to responsibly and safely carry and use a concealed weapon.
- Good Cause: Applicants must establish that good cause exists to support a request for a license to carry a concealed weapon. When establishing that good cause exists, applicants must provide specific, detailed, and articulable facts that support their request. Criteria that may establish good cause include the following:
- Specific evidence that there has been or is likely to be an attempt on the part of a second party to do great bodily harm to the applicant.
- The nature of the business or occupation of the applicant is such that it is subject to high personal risk and/or criminal attack, far greater risk than the general population.
- A task of the business or occupation of the applicant requires frequent transportation of large sums of money or other valuables and alternative protective measures or security cannot be employed.
- When a business or occupation is of a high-risk nature and requires the applicant’s presence in a dangerous environment.
- The occupation or business of the applicant is such that no means of protection, security or risk avoidance can mitigate the risk other than the carrying of a concealed firearm.
- Personal protection is warranted to mitigate a threat to the applicant that the applicant is able to substantiate.
Note: These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive, they are provided merely for your reference. Failure to fully and completely articulate good cause may be grounds for a denial of your application, or a request for further information.
State and local laws do not prohibit an adult from having a concealed weapon in their home or place of business.
*** DISCLAIMER ***
No resident has the right to a license, nor is the Sheriff required to issue a license. By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW license applications as well as revoke licenses that have already been issued.