To become an armed security guard in the state of California you must, in addition to the requirements for getting a security guard license, have a firearms permit.
The requirements to obtain a California firearms permit are as follows;
- Be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status.
- Pass a 14 hour course in the carrying and use of firearms.
- Submit firearms permit application and pay application fee as well as submit a signed Security Guard Registration with Firearms Permit Live Scan form.
The 14 hour course firearms training course consists of 8 hours of classroom training and 6 hours of range training and covers;
- Moral and legal aspects
- Firearms nomenclature
- Weapon handling and shooting fundamentals
- Emergency procedures
- Range training
The course is given by a training instructor at Bureau-certified training facility.
At the end of the course both written and range exams must be passed.
The firearms qualification card must be renewed every 2 years. As a holder of a firearms permit you must re-qualify 2 times within the first year of issuance and 2 times within the second year of issuance. Re-qualifications must be at least 4 months apart.
In contrast to applying for a guard card, applying for a firearms permit cannot be done online.
The Security Guard Registration w/Firearm Permit form, found at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/index.shtml, must be completed.
The completed application package should be sent to Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002.
There is an $80 application fee, a $38 Firearms Eligibility application fee, a $32 DOJ and a $19 FBI fingerprint processing fee.
Applying for both a firearms permit and guard registration at the same time is $219.