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Firearm Safety Certificate Program

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 available on this website.

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, an FSC will be required. Once an FSC is obtained, it can be used for both handgun and long gun purchases/acquisitions.

FSCs are acquired by taking and passing a written test on firearm safety, generally at participating firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities. A Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide, pdf to help individuals prepare for the FSC test is available for viewing/downloading from this website. A Firearm Safety webinar is also available for viewing or download on the Videos page.

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, pdf.

For additional information regarding the FSC program, please choose from the following:



Entities Recognized by DOJ as Providing Comparable Firearm Safety Training to Those Entities Specified by Penal Code section 31635, subdivision (b).

Penal Code section 31635, subdivision (b) authorizes the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to recognize entities which provide firearms safety training comparable to the entities specified within that subdivision. Individuals possessing a Certificate of Completion from any of the entities so recognized by DOJ may apply to be a DOJ Certified Instructor.

The entities recognized by DOJ as providing firearms safety training comparable to the entities specified by Penal Code section 31635, subdivision (b) are:

  • 2nd Amendment Sports, Bakersfield, (661) 323-4512
  • American Alert Security Services, Inc., Lake Elsinore, (951) 245-2637
  • Atascadero Firearms, Atascadero, (805) 460-9453
  • Baptist Security Training, Vacaville
  • Basic Gun Safety, Huntington Beach, (714) 864-0203
  • Black Wolf Training, William Heyder, Oceanside, (760) 402-0619
  • Bolt Defense, San Francisco, (571) 969-4867
  • Bullet Recovery Systems, Plymouth, (530) 308-4747
  • BullsEyeTactical Firearms Training, Castella, (530) 235-0721
  • California Firearms Institute, William Flory, Menifee, (951) 928-2794
  • California Firearms Safety School, San Francisco & Monterey, (415) 816-0099
  • CCW USA Firearms Training, Santee, (619) 871-9834
  • Cool Safety, LLC, Lloyd Lantz, Alameda, (510) 541-3580
  • Defensive Accuracy, Lodi, (408) 687-3791
  • Dobbs Firearm Training, Suisun City, (888) 486-0250
  • Double Tap Training, Granada Hills, (818) 363-1777
  • Down Range Indoor Training Center, William Clark, Chico, (530) 896-1992
  • El Cajon Gun Exchange, El Cajon, (619) 579-5152
  • Firearms Training Associates, Yorba Linda, (714) 701-9918
  • Firearms Training Institute, San Jose, (408) 506-1884
  • FSC Instructor Training Course, William Tidwell, Alameda or Mariposa Counties,
    (510) 552-4742 or (209) 878-3056
  • Geof Peabody, Placerville, (530) 642-1892
  • Get Qualified Firearms Training Academy, Placerville, (530) 306-6132
  • The Grant Boys, Costa Mesa, (949) 645-3400
  • Greenhorn Outfitter, LLC, Bakersfield, (661) 319-5426
  • The Gun School, Danny R. Wells, Tulare, Kings, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, (559) 936-9909
  • Gun World, Burbank, (818) 238-9071
  • Gunrunner, Merced, (209) 723-3006
  • Hammer Stryke Self-Reliance Training, Inc (209) 614-1718
  • Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, Inc., Fresno, (559) 435-8600
  • Hillside Range (209) 827-0270
  • I Can Defend, Peter Schultz, Ramona, (760) 789-0987
  • Jackson Arms Shooting Range, Edmund Normandy, (415) 207-1760
  • Jess Farmer Gun's, Jess Farmer Sr., Rosamond, (661) 406-9680
  • Martin B. Retting Inc., Alex Reyes, Culver City, (310) 837-2412
  • Mike Lee Solutions (707) 834-5602
  • NorCal Med Tac, , Brannon Schell, Aptos, (831) 970-0440
  • On Target Firearms Instruction, Modesto, (209) 575-2308
  • OSOS Security Services Training Facility, Mill Valley, (415) 519-3549
  • Peter Koch Associates, Gary Morgan, Placerville, Sacramento, (530) 642-1400
  • Peter Koch Associates, Matt Curry, Sonoma County, (707) 544-9600
  • Peter Koch Associates, Ziyad Showket, Marin County, (415) 457-6900
  • Peter Ray, Millville, (530) 547-3633
  • Powers Security Training, Bakersfield, (661) 871-7273
  • Premier Tactical Training, Fresno, (559) 779-7742
  • Pro-Right, Valley Springs, (209) 786-2922
  • The Range, Grass Valley, (530) 273-4440
  • Realtime Tactical Solutions (916) 804-2104
  • Responsible Firearms Education, Mojave, (661) 810-3025
  • Riverside Magnum Range, Riverside, (909) 731-7031
  • Rynearson Safety Training, Redding, (530) 524-3288
  • Safe Gun Handling Course, Mike Green, Elk Grove, (916) 714-4867
  • Safe Insight, LLC, Lynnwood, WA (417) 233-1444
  • Safety and Firearm Training Center, Gregory Raabe, Sacramento, (916) 366-1911
  • Safety Firearm Training, John Holder, Ukiah, (707) 489-3380
  • Seale Enterprises, Chris Seale, Olivehurst, (530) 632-4101
  • Shoot Safe Learning, Torrance, (310) 464-0855
  • Southern Shooting Supply, Tehachapi, (661) 823-1223
  • Total Commitment Firearms Training (408) 226-9190
  • Valley Defense Consulting, Inc., Vince Bizzini, Modesto, (209) 552-5728
  • Valley Gun, Inc., Bakersfield, (661) 352-9468
  • Wayne Summers, Soquel, (831) 239-4630
  • Westcoast Firearms Training, Eureka, (707) 601-1030
  • Wolf Dynamics, Luis Lopez, Los Angeles, Temecula, (888) 892-1767

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