Concealed Weapons Permit San Bernardino County
Ability of applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit in San Bernardino County
California law authorizes the local police chief in an incorporated city to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon to citizens of their city. Likewise, a Sheriff of a county is authorized to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon to citizens of their county. The police chief cannot issue permits to citizens of another city, and a Sheriff cannot issue permits to citizens of another county. The Sheriff may authorize the permit if the local police chief of an incorporated city has denied the permit to the person, meaning a resident of an incorporated city must first apply to their police department.
Process of applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit in San Bernardino County
Step 1: Go to your local Police Department to obtain the concealed weapons permit application. If you live in an unincorporated city, or you have been denied by the police department and they do not object, you then may apply with the Sheriff’s department.
Step 2: Fill out and return the application.
Step 3: Background check. There is nothing you do for this step. The lea enforcement agency will do a thorough background check to see if there is any reason to deny you based on criminal record, associations, etc.
Step 4: Interview. You will have to sit down with the police chief or other deciding personnel to talk, at length, about your past, why you want the permit, how you will use it, etc. At this time, you will bring in up to three (3) handguns with you that you want listed on the permit. You must list the guns you want to carry concealed with you to the interview, or else they will not be validly carried under your concealed weapons permit.
Step 5: Complete a Safe Weapons Handling class approved by the law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s department has it’s own safety class taught by deputies with advanced training in gun safety. *Note: every two (2) years, a person with a concealed weapons permit must complete a 4 hour safety class.
Good Cause for applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit in San Bernardino County
Concealed Weapons permits are not issued to just anyone. You must have a good reason, or “good cause” for needing the concealed weapons permit. Just wanting one is not enough. Telling the cops that they don’t protect well enough is not good enough. The Attorney General has set out guidelines for good cause, in an opinion issued in 1977, which stated that there must be good cause by way of clear and present danger to the applicant, their family and/or employees. This was reaffirmed in 2008 by a Federal Court. Some examples of good cause:
- You have documented threats that were made against you. (I.e. someone has sent threatening letters to you and followed up with actions which indicated sincerity of the threats. Further, you have documented these threats with the police and can show police report numbers, times/dates of the threats, and the names individuals)
- Attorney or judge who fears retaliation
- Doctors (Medical, Dental) who fear their clients trying to rob them of their money, medicine, or medical supplies
- Business owner who routinely carries large amounts of money for business purposes
- Living in a notorious gang neighborhood
Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a Palm Springs, California criminal defense firm, for more information on obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in San Bernardino County.
Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
A Criminal Defense Firm
PO Box 3297
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Office: (760) 237-8295
Cell: (760) 668-8295