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Terms of California CCW Licenses

While exercising the privileges granted to the licensee under the terms of this license, the licensee SHALL NOT, when carrying a concealed weapon:
1.) Consume any alcoholic beverage while carrying or transporting a concealed firearm.
2.) Be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption (e.g. Bars not Restaurants)
3.) Be under the influence of any medication or drug, whether prescribed or not. (Including over-the-counter medications)
4.) Refuse to show the license or surrender the concealed weapon to any peace officer upon demand.
5.) Violate any Law of this State or Country.
6.) Impede any peace officer in the performance of their duties.
7.) Present himself/herself as a peace officer to any person unless he/she is, in fact, a peace officer as defined by California law.
8.) Abuse this privilege by any unjustified display a concealed weapon.
9.) Carry a concealed weapon not listed on your permit or at times or circumstances other than those specified on the permit.
10.)Carry any weapon on or about your person, openly or concealed, onto an airport without the permission of the Port Director.
11.)Carry any weapon on or about your person, anywhere that is prohibited by law.

What's 'Good Cause' for California CCW


What is Good Cause?

California is currently NOT a “Shall Issue” or “Right to Carry” State. An applicant must establish “Good Cause” to support his or her request for a California Concealed Weapon License. The mere fact that a license has been issued in the past does not, in itself, justify the renewal of a California Concealed Weapons License. Good Cause is subjective and may vary among several factors; degree or frequency of exposure to harm, employment, demographics and victimization, or risk to the applicant averted by granting a CCW License. In making a determination as to reasonable cause, the issuing authority will consider all available information, and where there exists a sufficient connection between the approval of a CCW License and the avoidance of victimization, make the decision most beneficial to public good and safety. The mere fear of victimization or the desire to carry a firearm is insufficient. The issuing authority will first rely on a set of objective standards, personal history, training, and professional evaluations of the applicant, and secondly on subjective factors such as;

•Specific evidence that there has been or is likely to be an attempt by another to do great bodily harm to the applicant.

•The nature of the business or occupation of the applicant is such that it subjects the applicant to high personal risk or criminal attack.

•Business or occupation of the applicant requires frequent transportation of large sums of money or other valuables and alternative protective measures or security cannot reasonably be employed.

•Business or occupation is of a high-risk nature and requires the applicant’s presence in a dangerous environment or area.

•The occupation or business of the applicant is such that no means of protection, security or risk avoidance, other than carrying a concealed firearm, is practical.

•Personal protection is warranted to mitigate a threat that the applicant is able to substantiate.

Five Rules for Concealed Carry

Five Rules for Concealed Carry

1. Your concealed handgun is for protection of life only.
Draw it solely in preparation to protect yourself or an innocent third party from the wrongful and life-threatening criminal actions of another.

2. Know exactly when you can use your gun. A criminal adversary must have, or reasonably appear to have:
* A. the ability to inflict serious bodily injury (he is armed or reasonably appears to be armed with a deadly weapon).
* B. the opportunity to inflict serious bodily harm (he is physically positioned to harm you with his weapon), and
* C. his intent (hostile actions or words) indicates that he means to place you in jeopardy — to do you serious or fatal physical harm. When all three of these “attack potential” elements are in place simultaneously, then you are facing a reasonably perceived deadly threat that can justify an emergency deadly force response.

3. If you can run away — RUN! Just because you’re armed doesn’t necessarily mean you must confront a bad guy at gunpoint. Develop your “situation awareness” skills so you can be alert to detect and avoid trouble altogether. Keep in mind that if you successfully evade a potential confrontation, the single negative consequence involved might be your bruised ego, which should heal with mature rationalization. But if you force a confrontation you risk the possibility of you or a family member being killed or suffering lifelong crippling/disfiguring physical injury, criminal liability and/or financial ruin from civil lawsuit. Flee if you can, fight only as a last resort.

4. Display your gun, go to jail. You should expect to be arrested by police at gunpoint, and be charged with a crime anytime your concealed handgun is seen by another citizen in public, regardless of how unintentional or innocent or justified the situation might seem. Choose a method of carry that reliably keeps your gun hidden from public view at all times. You have no control over how a stranger will react to seeing (or learning about) your concealed handgun. He or she might become alarmed and report you to police as a “man or woman with a gun.” Depending on his or her feelings about firearms, this person might be willing to maliciously embellish his or her story in attempt to have your gun seized by police or to get you arrested. An alarmed citizen who reports a “man with a gun” is going to be more credible to police than you when you’re stopped because you match the suspect’s description, and you’re found to have a concealed handgun in your possession. Before you deliberately expose your gun in public, ask yourself: “Is this worth going to jail for?” The only time this question should warrant a “yes” response is when an adversary has at least, both ability and intent, and is actively seeking the opportunity to do you great harm.

5. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. If, despite your best efforts to the contrary, you do get into some kind of heated dispute with another person while youre armed, never mention, imply or exhibit your gun for the purpose of intimidation or one-upmanship. You’ll simply make a bad situation worse — for yourself (see rule #4).


Checkout this article on Dealing with the Aftermath of a Lethal Encounter (PDF) written by Steve Krystek & Michael L. Potter for Concealed Carry Magazine.