Concealed Weapons Permit

Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License Program

It is the policy of the Beaumont Police Department to refer all applicants for a CCW license to the Riverside County Sheriff Department for processing.  As an alternative that is completely voluntary, the Beaumont Police Department will accept CCW license applications from Beaumont residents who wish to process those applications through a third-party provider.  A CCW License allows qualified individuals to carry an approved, concealed firearm on their person for the purpose of self-protection.  The voluntary, alternative CCW license process takes approximately 2-3 months to complete.  CCW licenses are valid for a two year period from the date of issuance.

The following information provides a brief overview of the voluntary, alternative CCW License Program; which includes the program requirements, the licensing process and certain restrictions in obtaining a CCW license.  The Beaumont Police Department is pleased to offer this service to the citizens of Beaumont as a tool for personal protection and with the overall goal for increased public safety.

Sean Thuilliez

Chief of Police

 

See the chart below for some of the costs and permit issuance times. To be directed to the Riverside County Sheriff Department CCW  program click here.

 

 

Riverside County Sheriff Department CCW Program Beaumont Police Department CCW Program
$100 Fee for Processing $298 Fee for Processing application and background (Paid to 3rd Party Vendor)*
18-24 Month Wait time for Issuance of Permit 2-3 Month Wait time for Issuance of Permit
For more information on the Riverside County Sheriff Department CCW program visit http://www.riversidesheriff.org/ccw/ For more information on the Beaumont Police Department CCW Program, read below:

*this fee is only for processing of the application and background, for a list of other fees to obtain a CCW Permit, click here.

 

Program Background

The Police Department has examined the concept of issuing Carry Concealed Weapons CCW licenses to Beaumont residents who meet the strict requirements set forth in the Government Code. Since 2015, the Chief of Police has reserved the right to issue CCW licenses; however, the practice of issuing CCW licenses has consistently been referred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The reason for the deferment to the Sheriff’s department centered exclusively on the lack of police department staff to process applicants to include the comprehensive background check. The Police Chief believes Beaumont residents should have the ability to protect themselves with the option to legally and responsibly carry a concealed firearm.

The Police Department began looking at creative ways in which the Department could provide this service without it being labor intensive with existing staff.  It was determined that outsourcing the background portion of the CCW license process would save staff time, and would be an efficient way to process CCW requests.  The Department determined if: (1) the CCW license process could be completed in a reasonable amount of time, (2) if the overall cost for CCW issuance would be affordable for residents of Beaumont and (3) would the program be cost neutral for the City of Beaumont.  The Department concluded that the average time to process a CCW license would be 2-3 months, and the estimated total cost for the CCW applicants would not exceed $900, but may vary.

The Police Chief’s goal with the Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License Program is to provide this service to the citizens of Beaumont, while in turn reducing the CCW licensing and workload responsibilities for our partners with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Beaumont residents can still choose to apply with either the Beaumont Police Department or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for their CCW licensing needs.

The Beaumont Police Department is pleased to offer this service to the citizens of Beaumont as a tool for personal protection and with the overall goal for increased public safety.

The following information provides a brief overview of the CCW License Program; which includes the program requirements, the licensing process and certain restrictions in obtaining a CCW license.

Requirements for obtaining a CCW License

In order to qualify for a CCW license, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Beaumont (Penal Code § 26150 & Penal Code § 26155).
  • Be at least 21 years of age (Penal Code § 29610).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Fully complete an application that will include substantial personal information—much of which may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.
  • Be free from criminal convictions that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm—see https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/firearms/forms/prohibcatmisd.pdf
  • Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150 & Penal Code § 26155).
  • Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150 & Penal Code § 26155).
  • Pay all associated application fees (fees will not be refunded if the application is denied). Click here for a list of the Administrative and Processing Fees
  • Provide proof of ownership and registration of any firearm associated with the license.
  • Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm (Penal Code § 26190).
  • Complete required training (Penal Code § 26165).

CCW License Process

  • Apply online through MyCCW.us
  • Complete the California DOJ Application, also available through MyCCW.us
  • Initial review of the application by a background investigator (completed within 7-10 business days).
  • Interview with a background investigator and a review of required documents.
  • Criminal history check through LiveScan fingerprinting.
  • Thorough background check.
  • Psychological Review.
  • Completion of an approved CCW Firearm Safety Course & Weapon(s) Qualification.
  • Final review and issuance of CCW license.

 

CCW License Restrictions

The Chief of Police may place special restrictions limiting the time, place, manner and circumstances under which any license shall be valid.  In general, these restrictions will prohibit the licensee from:

  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages while armed.
  • Falsely representing him/herself as a peace officer.
  • Unjustified or unreasonable displaying of a firearm.
  • Committing any crime.
  • Being under the influence of any medication or drug while armed.
  • Interfering with any law enforcement officer’s duties.
  • Refusing to display his/her license or firearm for inspection upon demand of any peace officer.
  • Loading the permitted firearm with illegal ammunition.

CCW License Revocations

Any CCW license may be immediately revoked by the Chief of Police for any of the following reasons:

  • The licensee has violated any of the restrictions or conditions placed upon the license.
  • The licensee becomes psychologically unsuitable to carry a firearm.
  • The licensee is determined to be within a prohibited class described in Penal Code § 29800, Penal Code § 29900, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8100, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8103 or any state or federal law.
  • The licensee engages in any conduct which involves a lack of good moral character or that might otherwise remove the good cause for the original issuance of the license.

Limited CCW Business Licenses

The authority to issue a limited CCW business license to a non-resident applicant is granted only to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant works.  The chief of a municipal police department may not issue limited CCW business licenses (Penal Code § 26150).  Those interested in a limited CCW business license should contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-486-2856 or at www.riversidesheriff.org/ccw