PERUTA v. COUNTY of SAN DIEGO
On 2/13/2014 the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office dropped the "good cause" standard for issuing conceal carry permits after the requirement was struck down that day by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the Second Amendment bars California counties from requiring law-abiding gun owners who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection.
On 2/28/2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to withdraw their decision in the above case by a decision to rehear the case En Banc. The Court has ordered a stay on the issuance of their previous mandate from 2/13/2014, which only required an applicant to state a need of “self defense” as their reason for desiring a CCW License. Therefore, as of 2/28/14 the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office will revert back to requiring all applicants to supplement the “good cause” statement for the CCW License in accord with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Policy 219 and California Penal Code section 26150(a)(2).
APPLYING FOR A CCW WITH THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
If you live in Sonoma County jurisdiction or within the city limits of Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Cotati , Sonoma or Windsor and wish to apply for a Carry Concealed Weapons License (CCW), you can download the CA Department of Justice Standard Application for License to Carry a Concealed Weapon here.
FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION:
Read the application in its entirety, including all sections and Attachments on pages 12 and 13: Firearms Prohibiting Categories. Complete sections 1 through 3 (pages 3 through 5) and section 7 (pages 9 and 10). Bring the completed application to the front desk, patrol lobby, of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A $20.00 non-refundable application fee will be collected when you submit your application. A Community Service Officer will witness your signature on page 3: Public Disclosure Admonition, page 8: Agreement to Restrictions and to Hold Harmless and page 11: Release of Information and Declaration. Please be sure to write your email address on the face page of the application.
After initial review of your application, you may be contacted to schedule an interview with and Investigator. (Please be sure to include your best phone/ contact information on your application.) You will be notified in writing of the approval or denial within 30 to 90 days of submitting your application to the Sheriff's Office. If your application receives initial preliminary approval and moves on to the next step in the application/ approval process, you will be notified in writing to provide the following:
Beginning with DOJ LiveScan (fingerprinting) conducted at the Sheriff's Office, you will also be required to provide proof of completion of an initial CCW course taught by one of the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association (SCLECA) approved CCW training providers, three letters of character reference and your physician's attestation (statement) of suitability. The Sheriff's Office will not ask you to provide any of the above documentation until we have received your DOJ and FBI fingerprint clearance. Once we receive these clearances, we will contact you in writing and provide additional information on what is required next.
Depending on DOJ and FBI clearance response times, the entire application/ approval process can take up to 90 days.
If granted, your CCW must be renewed every two years. A CCW renewal course must be satisfactorily completed every two years incident to renewal of your CCW license. See below for our list of approved CCW training providers. Click here for the renewal application. Submit your renewal documentation approximately 30 days prior to your CCW expiration date.
Questions? Call the Investigations Bureau (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at (707) 565-2185.
SONOMA COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEFS' ASSOCIATION
APPROVED CCW TRAINING COURSE PROVIDERS
|PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER||PETER KOCH ASSOCIATES|
|5743 Skylane Blvd.||(707) 544-9600|
|JACK JENNINGS||RAY HIGBEE|
|Napa County, CA||Ukiah, CA|
|(707) 479-0337||(707) 744-1261|