CA CCW DENIAL REASONS
This list is provided as a courtesy of Best Handgun Training. It shall not be deemed reliable or conclusive, as
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:
Your county has a strict policy on issuing CCW permits
Dishonesty on any part of your CCW application, or throughout your interview/background check
Failure to follow instructions/directions (training class requirements, etc).
Criminal history (arrests, law enforcement contacts, etc). Any felony conviction and/or arrest and length of
time elapsed since the last conviction or arrest
Failure to disclose information (as required on the DOJ application)
Acts involving moral turpitude
Driving record (excessive points) or excessive infractions with no points
Any 2 point (misdemeanor) violation which is currently on your driving record
Illegal drug or substance usage (past or present)
Probation or parole
Acts involving anger (fights, bar fights), etc.
Suspect in a crime (possibly even without law enforcement contact) - computer crimes, etc
ANY OTHER DISQUALIFYING FACTORS (REASONS) AS SPECIFIED ON THE CA DOJ
APPLICATION. REFER TO THE CA DOJ APPLICATION FOR SPECIFIC DISQUALIFYING FACTORS.