CA CCW DENIAL REASONS
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it is published solely for informational and educational purposes. Best Handgun Training, or
instructor's are not liable for any information on this topic. It is your sole responsibility to determine if you
may or may not be denied a CCW permit in CA.
For further information, contact your CA sheriff's department directly with your concerns. The Sheriff is the
sole issuing authority.
This list is denial reasons, in general. You may have one or more of the below in your background, and it may be
possible for you to receive a permit.
In general, an issuing authority wants to see that you are an outstanding citizen, as CCW permit holders are
expected to adhere to higher standards than the average citizen.
In the event of a denial, refer to your denial notice, or research your sheriff's department (or issuing
authority) website, or do further online research with other sources, for the appeal process.
Common CCW denial reasons in CA:
FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(1) - Convicted in Court - Term exceeding 1 year • FEDERAL - Title
18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(2) - Fugitive from Justice • FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(4) -
Adjudicated Mental Defective • FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(5) - Illegally in the US • FEDERAL -
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(6) - Dishonorable Discharge • FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(7) -
Renounced Citizenship • FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(8) - Court Order - Harassment/Stalking •
FEDERAL - Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(9) - Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence conviction • FEDERAL -
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(n) - punishable by imprisonment for more than one year FEDERAL - Title 18,
U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(3) - Unlawful users of controlled substances (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled
Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)) ADDITONAL POTENTIAL REASONS WHY A CCW APPLICATION/PERMIT MAY BE DENIED OR REVOKED:
• Applicant adjudicated by a state or federal court as being Mentally Incompetent to stand trial, been committed to
a mental institution, or found not guilty by reason of insanity for a felony. • Discharged from custody in the
preceding 20 years after a finding of not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect; or confined to a
mental hospital in the 12 months before applying for a permit or certificate. • Danger to themselves or others due
to a past pattern of behavior or threats involving unlawful violence (including threats or attempts of suicide). •
Juvenile delinquency in the past 7 years for an offense that would be deemed a violent offense if committed when an
adult. • Illegal drug use in last 5 years. • Any Felony conviction (a crime with a jail term exceeding 1 year)
making possession of a firearm illegal. • Changing address of residence but did not update the Department of Motor
Vehicles and/or advise CCW Bureau of the change in address of residence. • Bringing a firearm into a prohibited
area. • Subject to a firearm seizure order issued after notice and a hearing. • Any conviction for a crime
involving Domestic Violence in any state. • A conviction for a crime of Moral Turpitude including but not limited
to (fraud, theft, tax evasion, issuing bad checks, robbery, bribery, perjury, extortion, arson, rape, terrorism,
burglary, attempted lewd acts on a minor, child abuse, felon in possession of firearm, falsifying government
records, forgery, receiving stolen property, burglary, vandalism, kidnapping). • Outstanding warrant for arrest
(Wanted Person or fugitive from justice). • Conviction for a Crime of Violence. • Current subject of a Protective
Order. • Not qualified to purchase or possess a dangerous weapon or handgun pursuant to federal law (a Restricted
Person). • Illegal Alien. • Renounced your US Citizenship. • Do not have their primary residence in Sacramento
County. • Under the age of 18 years old. • Dishonorable discharge from the U. S. Military, reported military
domestic violence conviction, convicted of domestic violence (1996 Lautenberg Act). • Deemed unsuitable by CCW
Committee/Sheriff for the following reasons: Any Arrest in the last 5 years, regardless of the disposition. Any
Conviction in the last 7 years. Dishonesty on the application and/or during interview or failure to disclose
information. Pattern of Irresponsibility including but not limited to suspended driver’s license, numerous
traffic citations, or civil lawsuits. Domestic violence or behavioral issues which are not necessarily criminal.
Use of marijuana or the illegal use of prescription drugs within 2 years of the application date. Any use within
2 years of the application date may be subject to case-by-case review, depending upon the amount of usage and the
time of occurrence. Possession of a Medical Cannabis Card 2 years from the expiration date of that card.
Possession of a Medical Cannabis Card within 2 years of application date may be subject to case-by-case review,
depending upon the amount of usage and the last time of occurrence.
ANY OTHER DISQUALIFYING FACTORS (REASONS) AS SPECIFIED ON THE CA DOJ
APPLICATION. REFER TO THE CA DOJ APPLICATION FOR SPECIFIC DISQUALIFYING FACTORS.