Division of Firearms
Office Locations: Sacramento
Career Opportunities: Managers, Special Agents, Field Representatives, Analysts, Criminal Identification Specialists, Program Technicians, and Clericals.
The mission of the Firearms Division is to serve the people of California through education, regulation and enforcement actions regarding the manufacture, sales, ownership, safety training, testing and transfer of firearms. Firearms Division staff are leaders in providing firearms expertise and information to law enforcement, legislators and the general public in a comprehensive program to promote legitimate and responsible firearms possession and use by California residents. The division includes three major organizational units as summarized below:
Firearms Clearance Section processes firearms sale/transfer reports sent electronically or by telephone from firearm dealers. The section must determine within 10 days of a firearm purchase or transfer whether the person is prohibited by law from acquiring or possessing firearms in California. During this 10-day waiting period, this section must stop the sale/transfer of a firearm to prohibited persons. This section also determines whether applicants for peace
officer positions or armed security guard licenses may possess firearms.
Firearms Licensing and Permits Section issues licenses and/or permits to persons to possess, manufacture or sell machine guns, assault weapons, destructive devices, and short-barreled rifles/shotguns, determines eligibility to possess firearms on Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit applicants and processes assault weapon registrations. This section administers a firearms safety program called the Handgun Safety Certifcate (HSC)
Program where persons purchasing a handgun must first obtain a HSC certificate. This section also
processes gun show producer documents and reviews
gun show event plans.
Firearms Information Services Section provides firearms-related instruction and expertise to dealers, law enforcement, superior and juvenile courts, mental health facilities, district attorneys, legislators and the general public and inspects firearm dealerships and
manufacturers to ensure compliance with firearms laws and regulations. This section also certifies
handgun and firearm safety device testing laboratories and maintains a roster of handguns and firearm safety devices certified for sale in California.