Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Permits:

Below is a detailed plan of the CCW permit system I would seek to implement once elected as Sheriff. 

Permitium:

Online CCW system used by the following counties in California:

  • Stanislaus County
  • San Mateo County
  • Nevada County
  • Orange County
  • Yuba County
  • Solano County
  • Calaveras County

Permitium will allow the following:

PermitDirector 

PermitDirector for weapon permits serves as an end-to-end online solution that includes the application, background check tracking, processing, payment and issuance of gun and concealed carry permits.

Highlights:

  • Transition existing manual, paper-based processes into an online, automated solution
  • Modernize and unify the application, payment and issuance of weapons permits for your agency
  • Compliant with SOC2 and CJIS data and application security requirements
  • Eliminate manual scheduling and follow-up notifications
  • Ensure accurate and auditable reporting of approvals, denials, and revocations
  • Streamline the accounting of weapon permit payments
  • Remotely manage the submission of applications utilizing embedded online audio/visual interaction with applicants
  • Where applicable, utilize PermitDirector’s built in Remote Online Notary solution to provide a total online experience for applicants
  • Allows complete transparency

PermitCheck

PermitCheck is a public search interface that can determine the validity of a permit issued from any of the agencies who participate and use PermitDirector for weapon permits. This interface can be utilized by deputies, dispatch, and gun dealers, who when presented a CCW or gun permit, can simply enter the permit number and receive, in real-time, the validity of that permit.

Highlights:

  • Provides deputy safety so they can check the validity of a permit
  • Where applicable, gun dealers can confirm if they can use the permit to sell a weapon according to local statute
  • As agencies update the status of permits, PermitCheck is also updated in real-time, ensuring timely accurate data in the field

Concealed Carry Weapon Policy:

Lexipol

Lexipol has developed policies for CCW’s for many surrounding counties and agencies.  San Manteo’s policy is currently online and can be viewed here (Refer to pages 36-46).

Once elected, I will meet with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to implement a like policy and request a move to utilize Permitium as the online CCW system for Santa Clara County residents.

WHAT TO EXPECT: ONLINE EXAMPLE

Concealed Carry Weapon License Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Completing the Application

Answering all the questions on this standard application does not guarantee the issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. The determination whether to issue the license is at the discretion of the licensing authority. Pursuant to California Penal Code section 26160, each licensing authority will have a written policy summarizing their requirements for issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. In addition, prior to issuing a Concealed Carry Weapon license, the state statutes require proof that:

  • The applicant is of good moral character
  • Good cause exists to issue the Concealed Carry Weapon license
  • The applicant meets residence requirements; and
  • The course of training prescribed by the licensing authority has been completed.

The following pages include standardized questions to determine whether a Concealed Carry Weapon license shall be issued.

The applicant will certify under penalty of perjury that all answers provided in the application are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. The applicant will also acknowledge that information disclosed on this application may be subject to public disclosure.

Training Required

If applying for a NEW Concealed Carry Weapon license, a 16-hour firearms training course must be completed prior to issuance.

If applying for a RENEWAL Concealed Carry Weapon license completion of a 4-hour firearms training course is required prior to issuance.

Authority

California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a sheriff of a county or the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city, or city and county, may issue a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person (Concealed Carry Weapon license).

Who May be Issued a License?

The licensing authority specified in Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 (a sheriff or the chief or other head of a municipal police department) may issue a license to persons who are of good moral character, who have completed a course of training, and have good cause for issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. All applicants for a Concealed Carry Weapon license will be fingerprinted and state and federal records will be checked to determine if they are eligible to possess firearms. Click here to view all categories that would prohibit a person from possessing firearms and being granted a Concealed Carry Weapon license.

Place of Employment Automatic Restriction:

CCW permits are not valid during the course and scope of employment or for employment purposes unless the sheriff specifically approves the removal of the Automatic Restriction. If you would like the sheriff to consider issuing a gun permit for employment purposes, you must provide proof of self-employment or a letter specifically authorizing you to be armed in the course and scope of employment. That letter must come from your employer and be signed by the authorizing agent. Failure to provide appropriate supporting documents will result in the automatic employment restriction being imposed.

Prior to Filling Out This Application

  1. Be prepared to scan a copy of your valid California driver’s license, or state issued ID, which has your current address in Santa Clara County.
  2. Proof of Residency: Please be prepared to scan copies of two (2) different statements that reflect your name and your Santa Clara County residence address from the following service providers: (Statements must be dated within the last 90 days. We DO NOT accept past due statements. We DO NOT accept any items other than those listed)
    • Gas/Electric
    • Water
    • Garbage
    • Home Internet
    • Cable/Satellite
    • Phone
    • Credit Card
    • Bank Account – (Mortgage Account Statements and Property Tax Statements are NOT accepted)
  3. Be prepared to scan copies of any additional documentation required per Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department CCW policy (i.e., business license, employer verification letter, etc.). Keep in mind these documents will need to be submitted each time you renew your CCW permit and do not carry over with each application. Also, you will be required to submit the original copy to our office prior to your CCW permit being issued even if a scanned copy is submitted with your application.
  4. Be Prepared to show ownership of your firearm or register your firearm with the DOJ

Be sure that each firearm you are listing on your Concealed Carry Weapon license is registered in your name only. The firearm cannot be registered to any other person. The firearm also cannot be registered as a “single shot".