Effective January 1, 2015, the Handgun Safety Certificate program was replaced with the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) program. Under the FSC program, requirements that previously applied to handguns only now apply to all firearms (handguns and long guns), unless exempt. A list of exemptions is listed below.
A valid Handgun Safety Certificate can still be used to purchase/acquire handguns only until it expires. For long gun purchases/acquisitions made January 1, 2015, and thereafter, a Firearm Safety Certificate is required. Once an FSC is obtained, it is valid for both handgun and long gun purchases/acquisitions.
The State of California requires that all firearm purchasers have a Firearm Safety Certificate. A Firearm Safety Certificate is acquired by taking and passing a written test, generally at participating firearms dealers and private firearms training facilities. The test covers firearm safety and the basic firearms laws and requires a 75% score on a 30 question exam. A Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide is available to help individuals prepare for the test. A spanish version is available, as is a webinar for viewing or downloading: Webinar.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must present clear evidence of identity and age by presenting a California Driver’s License or California Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card.
The firearm safety demonstration protocols and DOJ Certified Instructor standards have been established and implemented by DOJ. An explanation of the firearm safety demonstration can be found starting on page 12 of the Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide.
How To Take The FSC Test
Inland Training offers the ability to take the California Firearm Safety Certification Test at the end of the Basic Handgun Class for the fee of $25.00 in addition to the class. This Fee is a mandated fee set by the State of CA and is the same everywhere you would go to take the test. After taking one of our classes we have yet to have an individual not pass the test on first attempt or even receive lower than a 90% grade on the test.
Once you have passed the CA FSC test you receive the Certification Card that is good for 5 years to purchase a firearm in California
If you are already prepared to take the California Firearm Safety Certification Test you may go to any Firearms Dealer and take the test at their location.
Remember the CA FSC Test or Study booklet DOES NOT PROVIDE YOU ANY INFORMATION ON HOW TO SHOOT!
The next step is to take the Basic Handgun Class. This class is an excellent next step in enhancing your knowledge and skills in shooting and firearms safety.
Below is some helpful information for you to obtain your Firearm Safety Certificate. In order to obtain your (FSC) contact us for additional information or to schedule getting your FSC testing requirements completed.
A copy of the California Firearms Laws (2016) in .pdf
A copy of the NRA Synopsis of State Firearm Laws for California.
Firearms Safety Certificate Requirement Exemptions:
There are several FSC requirement exemptions. In addition to the previous Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) exemptions, a person issued a valid hunting license is exempt from the FSC requirement for long guns only. (Pen. Code, § 31700, subd. (c).)
X01 = Special Weapons Permit Holder
X02 = Operation of Law Representative
X03 = Handgun being returned to the owner
X13 = FFL collector with COE (curio and relic firearms only)
X21 = Military – Active Duty
X22 = Military – Reserve
X25 = Military – Honorably Retired
X31 = Peace Officer – California – Active
X32 = Peace Officer – Federal – Active
X33 = Peace Officer – California – Honorably Retired
X34 = Peace Officer – California – Reserve
X35 = Peace Officer – Federal – Honorably Retired
X41 = Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit Holder
X81 = P.O.S.T. 832 PC (Firearms) Training
X91 = Particular and Limited Authority Peace Officers
X95 = Law Enforcement Service Gun to Family Member
X98 = Valid Hunting License (long guns only)