Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) License

Penal Code Section 26155(a)

  1. When a person applies for a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city or city and county may issue a license to that person upon proof of all of the following:
    1. Not a disqualified person to receive such a license, as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Penal Code 26202 (previously, the applicant is of good moral character).
    2. Good cause exists for the issuance of the license. (Please see New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (PDF).
    3. The applicant is a resident of that city.
    4.  The applicant has completed a course of training as described in Section 26165.
  2. The chief or other head of a municipal police department may issue a license under subdivision (a) in either of the following formats:
    1. A license to carry concealed a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person. Where the population of the county in which the city is located is less than 200,000 persons according to the most recent federal decennial census, a license to carry loaded and exposed in only that county a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.
  3. Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city from entering an agreement with the sheriff of the county in which the city is located for the sheriff to process all applications for licenses, renewals of licenses, and amendments to licenses, pursuant to this chapter.

Applications by appointment only

In accordance with California Penal Code 26155, subject to department procedures, residents of the City of Winters may submit an application to the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator.

Please note:

  • All information disclosed in the application may be subject to public disclosure per the California Public Records Act.
  • The issuance of a CCW license does not excuse or justify any behavior that violates existing weapon laws
  • Applications will be individually investigated
  • An applicant interview will be required as part of this investigation
  • Please read and complete the application packet in its entirety
  • Specifically, applicants are encouraged to read and understand the CCW License conditions and restrictions, applicable legal sections, agreement to restrictions and hold harmless admonishments, and firearm prohibiting categories

To apply for a CCW, renew an existing CCW in good standing, or apply for a copy of your current CCW via the Permitium system

For additional questions regarding this process, please contact the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator at 530-795-2261 or by email ccw.license@winterspolice.org.

Disclaimer

By Law, no resident has the right to a CCW Permit. The Chief of Police has the discretion to approve or deny CCW permit applications as well as revoke permits that have already been issued. We do not issue CCW Permits for employment purposes.

Each CCW License holder is mandated by California state law to attend a firearms safety class. Individuals are also required to qualify with their weapon(s) under the direction of a qualified range master to ensure each license holder is competent in the safe handling of firearms.

  • All weapons listed on a CCW License must be registered in the name of the license holder.
  • The license holder must have completed training for each firearm listed on their CCW License
  • California SB 2 requires the course of firearm training to be at least 16 hours. CCW applicants are required to complete a training course approved by the local licensing authority, which must provide training regarding firearm handling, shooting technique, and relevant gun laws, a demonstration by the applicant of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm.
  • The Winters Police Department CCW qualification course (docx) must be completed as a part of the firearm training

The Winters Police Department recognizes only approved training facilities to satisfy your qualification certification. Training from any other facility will not be accepted.  Training facilities must be contacted by CCW applicants to arrange training.

Winters Police Department approved training facility vender list (docx)

For additional questions regarding this process or to be added to the approved training facility list, please contact the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator by phone at 530-795-2261 or by email ccw.license@winterspolice.org

Training Facility Venders 

To be added to the approved training facility listing please  email ccw.license@winterspolice.org with copies of your DOJ certificates/ credentials and any course materials for review. Additionally, please let us know your preferred vender name, range location (City), web page, email, and phone number information for the listing. The materials you provide will be reviewed by our CCW coordinator and you will be informed of your listing by email as soon as the review process is completed. 

Please email ccw.license@winterspolice.org to update contact information for your current vender listing.