What You Need to Know About Appealing a Denied California CCW Permit Application

CCW permit denial is a disheartening obstacle for individuals seeking to protect themselves. Here’s what you need to know about appealing a denied CCW permit Application in California.

All CCW permit applicants will receive a notice explaining the application’s denial. A person can mail or hand-deliver a letter to the applicable county address to appeal the denial.

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Why was my application denied?

The applicable county sheriff’s department may deny a CCW permit application for many reasons.

For example, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department lists the following reasons why the department may deny or revoke a CCW application/permit:

  • A state or federal court adjudicated an applicant as mentally incompetent to stand trial, been committed to a mental institution, or found not guilty by reason of insanity for a felony,
  • Discharged from custody in the preceding 20 years following a not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect verdict; or confined to a mental hospital in the 12 months before applying for a permit or certificate,
  • A danger to themselves or others due to a past pattern of behavior or threats involving unlawful violence (including threats or suicide attempts),
  • Juvenile delinquency in the past seven years for a crime considered a violent offense if the applicant committed the act as an adult,
  • Engaged in illegal drug use within the past five years,
  • Any felony conviction (a crime with a jail term exceeding one year) making possession of a firearm illegal,
  • Changed the address of residence but did not update the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and/or advise the CCW Bureau of the change in address of residence,
  • Brought a firearm into a prohibited area,
  • Subject to a firearm seizure order the court issued after notice and hearing,
  • Authorities have convicted the applicant for a crime involving domestic violence in any state,
  • A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude includes but is not limited to:
    • Fraud, theft, tax, evasion, issuing bad checks, robbery, bribery, perjury, extortion, arson, rape, terrorism, burglary, attempted lewd acts on a minor, child abuse, felon in possession of a firearm, falsifying government records, forgery, receiving stolen property, burglary, vandalism, kidnapping, etc.)
  • An outstanding warrant for arrest (wanted person or fugitive from justice),
  • A conviction for a crime of violence,
  • The current subject of a Protective Order,
  • Unqualified to purchase or possess a dangerous weapon or handgun according to federal law (a restricted person),
  • Undocumented immigrant status,
  • U.S. Citizenship renouncement,
  • Primary residence is not in the county where the individual submitted the application,
  • Under the age of 21 years old, and
  • Dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military reported military domestic violence conviction, convicted of domestic violence.

The department will deny a CCW application if the CCW Committee or Sheriff deems the applicant unsuitable for the following:

  • Any arrest in the last five years, regardless of the disposition,
  • Any conviction in the last seven years,
  • Dishonesty on the application and/or during the interview, or failure to disclose information,
  • A pattern of irresponsibility includes a suspended driver’s license, numerous traffic citations, civil lawsuits, and
  • Domestic violence or behavioral issues are not necessarily criminal.

The CCW Committee will withdraw any CCW application from an applicant who fails to complete all required steps in the CCW process. Any applicant concerned about application status should review all relevant details of the case to understand better why the Committee might have denied the application.

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How to Appeal a Denied CCW Permit Application in California

Every denied CCW applicant will receive a notice addressing the denied permit application. The notice should give the reason for the application denial. The message may arrive as a written statement or email depending on the county. An applicant denied a CCW license without cause should contact an attorney for legal representation in obtaining the permit.

A denied applicant can mail or hand-deliver a letter to the CCW Bureau of county residents to appeal the decision. Appeal letters should represent a clear and specific rebuttal of the reason for application denial. The appeal process also allows the applicant to include any additional information potentially applicable to overturning the decision. Writing a convincing appeal letter demonstrates why thoroughly examining the circumstances behind the rejection reason is essential. One piece of additional information could mean the difference between an upheld denial or protecting loved ones.

FAQs About Appealing a Denied CCW Permit Application in California

How long do I have to submit my CCW permit application appeal letter in California?

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office list the deadline to receive appeals as no later than 30 days from the denial letter date.

Where do I submit my CCW permit application appeal letter in California?

An applicant should submit the appeal letter to the CCW Bureau in the county of residence. For example, the address of the CCW Bureau in Sacramento County is CCW APPEALS, 2101 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.

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