Range Qualification

CA Penal Code Sections 26150 & 26165 and Assembly Bill No. 2103

In accordance with CA Penal Code Sections 26150 & 26165 and Assembly Bill No. 2103, a qualifying initial CCW license safety course shall be a minimum of 8 hours (no less than 4 hours for renewals), but not exceeding 16 hours, of instruction. The training course shall cover firearms safety and handling, shooting technique, and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm. Further, the course shall include live-fire on an approved range where safe handling of, and shooting proficiency with, each firearm requested to carry concealed is demonstrated. The following live-fire standards apply to the range qualification:

    • Firearms will be inspected to ensure compliance with CA State and Department Standards.
    • Holsters will be inspected to ensure compliance with department guidelines, including the use of an acceptable retention method (i.e. snap, button, lever, hood).
    • When instructed, a full magazine or cylinder will be emptied at a designated target, while standing at the 15-yard, 10-yard, and 7-yard lines.
    • A passing score is considered hitting the designated target area with at least 70% of the shots that were fired (i.e. 21 of 30, 11 of 15).

For further information regarding qualification, please consult an Approved Firearms Course Vendor.