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United Defense Tactical   |  Oct 11, 2023

CCW Class in Orange County: Obtaining Your Concealed Carry Permit with Confidence



When you hear about a violent crime in the news, it is a natural response to consider purchasing a firearm to protect yourself and your loved ones. While many people do so, it’s important to be well-trained in handling a firearm, since the reality is that in Orange County, 44% of injuries by a firearm or airsoft gun are accidents.

If you decide to purchase a gun, the best way to protect yourself and your family with it is to obtain a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit through an Orange County CCW class.

Understanding CCW Permits and Requirements

A CCW permit allows you to carry a concealed firearm on your person in public. In the state of California, you cannot have a firearm in public without a CCW permit. If you’re caught with a firearm without a CCW license, you can face up to a year in prison or a fine of $1,000.

To obtain a CCW permit, there’s a thorough application and training process. You’ll need to gather documents including:

  • An up-to-date California Driver’s License or California ID Card
  • Proof of residency in Orange County (through a rental agreement, mortgage, credit card statement, or utility bill)
  • CCW Permit (if you’re up for renewal)

On top of these documents, you’ll also need to complete the required training of 8 to 16 hours in an Orange County CCW class, or 4 hours for renewal, as well as a live fire course for every gun listed on the permit. Plus, each firearm will need to be inspected to ensure it’s in a safe and proper condition.

CCW Training Curriculum and Course Overview

In a typical CCW class in Orange County, you’ll learn how to handle your gun safely. Before signing up, double-check that the course fulfills California and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Requirements.

You can expect to learn the key points to safely carrying a concealed weapon, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones in self-defense situations.

Topics covered include:

  • The ethics of concealed carry
  • The basics of shooting, including safe handling, loading, and cleaning of a gun
  • Controlling confrontations
  • Legalities of defensive shooting

The class should also have real-life practice, where you go to a shooting range and use your firearm. This allows you to learn how to assess threats and gain muscle memory in a safe environment.

Legal Considerations and Responsibilities

There is a heavy responsibility with carrying a concealed firearm in Orange County. You must keep your CCW permit up to date with ongoing training. The CCW class should be the starting point. Take firearm safety classes and training as often as possible to gain confidence. There’s never “too much to learn” when it comes to gun safety.

Don’t forget: just because you have a gun doesn’t mean that you should use it in every dangerous situation. California doesn’t have a “Stand Your Ground” statute, and for self-defense, you must have reason to believe that forcible entry has occurred in your home.

Familiarize yourself with the use of force laws in California, and stay up to date with them so that you understand your self-defense rights.

Remember, you’re responsible for every bullet in your gun. You must be certain before firing that no civilians or bystanders will be injured because you can be held legally responsible if they are. Calling 911 is still an excellent option for any emergency, even if you have a CCW permit.

Enroll in an Orange County CCW class at United Defense Tactical

United Defense Tactical is a premier provider of firearm and tactical training available to civilians, law enforcement, military, and private organizations located in Costa Mesa.

Our CCW permit course fulfills California and OCSD requirements, and covers the major aspects of concealed carry and self-defense. Plus, you’ll spend time at the range learning drills to obtain muscle memory and assess threats.

Once you’re done with the CCW class, check out all our other classes that teach you more about firearms and self-defense. Take the next step forward for your and your family’s safety and sign up for our free intro class today.

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