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CCW Legal Updates

Peruta v. County of San Diego - Update

On June 9, 2016, the 9th Circuit Court, issued its en banc opinion on the Peruta v. San Diego County case. The Court held: “The Second Amendment does not protect, in any degree, the carrying of concealed firearms by members of the general public.” In light of this holding, the Sheriff’s policy in regards to the issuance of CCW permits and the required showing of good cause remains the same.

New applicants, and those applicants currently in process, will be required to articulate their safety concerns and provide supporting documentation in accordance with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (OCSD) Policy 218. Each application will be evaluated individually based on the merits of the applicant’s good cause statement and the totality of their circumstances.

Current licensees may be required to provide supplemental information and documentation in support of their good cause statement when they attempt to renew their CCW license. All renewal applications are subject to the legal standards at the time of renewal.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend their scheduled appointments and submit their CCW applications for consideration. Licenses approved after Thursday, March 26, 2015, are subject to the good cause requirement in OCSD Policy 218. 

Please be aware the application process includes an interview, fingerprinting, background checks, residency verification, successful completion of firearms training, and the payment of all related fees. Applicants may also be required to pass a psychological examination as part of the CCW application process in accordance with California Penal Code Section 26190(f)(1).