California gun laws are considered some of the most restrictive when it comes to State laws in the U.S. Here’s good news for Orange County CCW applicants. With rising approval ratings for concealed carry permits, you stand a good chance of getting your permit in Orange County, provided you undergo proper training and pass some basic requirements.
Orange County CCW Application Guidelines
A lot of Orange County residents are not aware that they can obtain a concealed carry license, primarily due to California’s reputation for strict gun laws. However, as a “may issue” state, the decision to issue concealed carry permits is left to the local county Sheriffs.
Thanks to recent amendments, the process of getting a CCW permit in Orange County has become a lot easier. Some changes include:
- Shorter wait times from up to nine months down to around one to three months on average
- Ability to submit applications online versus having to fill out forms by hand and submit in person to the OCSD
- High approval rating
As long as you’re not prohibited from owning a gun due to having a criminal history (such as felonies, domestic restraining orders, protective orders, etc.) getting a CCW permit in Orange County is a much smoother process than many other localities.
Basic Requirements For An Orange County CCW Permit
One of the most debated requirements when it comes to getting a CCW permit in California is the “good cause” justification. Applicants must provide a compelling reason for applying for a permit. Once they have satisfied this requirement, the rest of Orange County’s checklist is fairly simple, including:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Resident of Orange County
- Completion of an approved firearms training course
- Not addicted to drugs
CCW Training Requirements
To date, there have been no recorded incidents of violent offenses involving CCW permit holders in Orange County. In fact, CCW permit holders generally register a lower crime rate compared to the rest of the population.
A major reason for this is the strict weapons training and background check process that all applicants must go through. This helps ensure that CCW holders understand the responsibility that accompanies getting their permit.
To qualify for a CCW permit, you must undergo:
- No less than eight hours of CCW training courses, which should cover instruction on laws regarding firearm use, shooting techniques, and safety
- Demonstration of shooting proficiency with live-fire qualification exercises for each firearm you plan to list on your permit.
You must pass a weapon qualification test to obtain your CCW permit. In addition, you can only undergo CCW training with approved providers in the area.
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