About the AG

  • Subscribe to the AG's RSS Feed
  • Join the AG's FaceBook
  • Follow the AG on Twitter
  • View the AG's YouTube Channel
  • View the AG's Tumblr Page

Handgun Safety Certificate Program

Effective January 1, 2003, the Basic Firearms Safety Certificate Program was replaced with the Handgun Safety Certificate Program. These new statutes affect the general public in two principal ways. First, unless exempt, individuals must possess a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) prior to purchasing or acquiring a handgun. Second, unless exempt, individuals must perform a safe handling demonstration prior to taking delivery of a handgun from a licensed dealer.

HSCs are acquired by taking and passing a written test on handgun safety, generally at participating firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities. A Handgun Safety Certificate Study Guide, pdf to help individuals prepare for the Handgun Safety Certificate test is available for download or for purchase at a firearms dealership at $.50 each. A Handgun Safety video is also available for viewing or download on the Videos page.

The handgun safety demonstration protocols and DOJ Certified Instructor standards have been established and implemented by DOJ. An explanation of the handgun safety demonstration can be found starting on page 45 of the Handgun Safety Certificate Study Guide, pdf.

For additional information regarding the Handgun Safety Certificate Program. Please choose from the following:



Entities Recognized by DOJ as Providing Comparable Handgun 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 for DOJ Certified Instructor certification.

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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • HSC Instructor Training Course, William Tidwell, Alameda or Mariposa Counties,
    (510) 552-4742 or (209) 878-3056
  • I Can Defend, Peter Schultz, Ramona, (760) 789-0987
  • Jackson Arms Shooting Range, Edmund Normandy, (415) 207-1760
  • 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, (310) 779-5720

Megan's Law

California Registered Sex Offender Database

Search Now

Megan's Law information is also available in these languages:

Site Navigation

Translate Website

  • Google™ Translation Disclaimer

This Google™ translation feature is provided for informational purposes only.

The Office of the Attorney General is unable to guarantee the accuracy of this translation and is therefore not liable for any inaccurate information resulting from the translation application tool.

Please consult with a translator for accuracy if you are relying on the translation or are using this site for official business.

If you have any questions please contact:Bilingual Services Program at (916) 324-5482

A copy of this disclaimer can also be found on our Disclaimer page.

Select a Language Below / Seleccione el Idioma Abajo

Close this box or use the [ X ]