Concealed Carry (CCW)

California Concealed Weapons Permit

Local agencies require those applicants who have been approved for a concealed weapons permit, to complete a one day course of instruction. This course covers subjects which include the legal, moral and ethical issues regarding the use of a firearm for self defense, range qualification, and firearms safety. Attendees should expect to bring the required equipment for the class, listed below. The range portion of the class is, philosophically speaking, more of a training approach and less of a qualification mandate.  Range activities proceed slowly and we spend several hours working on skill building activities. However, keep in mind that we are evaluating you and our experience has been that you will qualify if you take the “training” portion of the range seriously.  If needed, we can have you come back for additional range sessions until you are able to meet the standards. This class meets the Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield Police Department, various local Police Departments, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, Tulare County and various other agency requirements for training.

Some students take this class purely for the information and the training offered and have no intention of applying for a concealed weapons permit. However, if you are applying for a permit through the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, you are strongly encouraged to apply for the permit prior to taking the class. Taking the class before applying for the permit does not help you in the approval process nor does it guarantee that you will be approved for the permit.   Also, the class certificate is honored by the Sheriff for 90 days after taking the class.  If you take your class first, you have only 90 days within which you must get the application approved by the Sheriff.  If your application process takes longer than the 90 days the certificate is valid, you must re-certify your training.

Other agencies have different rules regarding applying for the permit, you should check with your agency regarding this process.

We are happy to offer our assistance with the California CCW application process at no charge to you.  However, our assistance does not guarantee acceptance by the local Chief Law Enforcement Officer in your jurisdiction.  Please contact: craig@kernccw.com for further information.

Equipment Needed

  • Firearm: a reliable handgun either pistol or revolver (loaner firearms are available upon request)
  • Ammunition: 100 rounds (minimum)
  • Magazines/Speed loaders: 2 magazines/speed loaders are required
  • Eye and Ear protection: “loaners” are available at class
  • Clothing: Weather appropriate. Low-cut tops are problematic and a “billed” cap is very helpful. The range portion will be held at a covered shooting area.

Multi-State Permits

We are happy to certify your Arizona permit, at no extra charge, whenever you are taking one of our California CCW classes.  Please let us know at check-in that you wish an Arizona certification.

Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit

The Arizona permit is recognized or reciprocal in approximately 30 states. As a California resident you may obtain an Arizona permit, and you do not have to travel to Arizona in order to take a class nor to submit your application for a carry permit from Arizona.

You may obtain an Arizona CCW application via their website: http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Contact/

The permit is a 5 year permit.

Their fee: $60.00

Our Fee: NO FEE – if you are certifying for a Renewal or Initial CCW class

You must document training which may include any of the following:

  • Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course.
  • Evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the United States armed forces. (DD-214)
  • A valid current or expired concealed weapon, firearm or handgun permit or license that is issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state and that has a training or testing requirement for initial issuance.  (Arizona will not honor a California permit as proof of training absent certain qualifiers)
  • Completion of any other firearms training that the department of public safety deems acceptable.  (we will provide you with proof of training when you take your renewal or initial class with us and upon request)

CCW recognition and Reciprocity information may best be obtained from: http://handgunlaw.us/

Florida Concealed Weapons Permit

The State of Florida will generally honor our renewal and initial class format as proof of training.  We have Florida packets available at no charge upon request.

Class Locations

Bakersfield / Kern County area

Bishop / Kings County / Inyo County area

Upcoming Initial Classes

Event Venue Date
CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 24, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 26, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 28, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 2, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 11, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 16, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 17, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 29, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Initial Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 30, 2017 8:00 am
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Upcoming Renewal Classes

Event Venue Date
CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 24, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 26, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • August 28, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 2, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 7, 2017 1:00 pm
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 11, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 16, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 17, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 26, 2017 5:00 pm
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 29, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • September 30, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 7, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 9, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 15, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 19, 2017 1:00 pm
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 21, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 23, 2017 5:00 pm
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CCW Renewal Class-Bishop Tallman Pavilion - Bishop, Ca.
  • October 28, 2017 8:00 am
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CCW Renewal Class 5 Dogs Range - Bakersfield, Ca.
  • October 31, 2017 8:00 am
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