Effective January 1, 2003, the California DOJ implemented the Handgun Safety Certificate Program, which affect the general public in two ways. First, unless exempt, individuals must possess a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) prior to purchasing or acquiring a handgun. Second, unless exempt, individuals must perform a safe handling demonstration prior to taking delivery of a handgun from a licensed dealer.


HSCs are acquired by taking and passing a written test on handgun safety, generally at participating firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities. A Handgun Safety Certificate Study Guide to help individuals prepare for the Handgun Safety Certificate Test is available for purchase on the DOJ HSC Web Site and at firearms dealerships at $.50 each. For our clients’ convenience, we have included the following links to the study guide, in both PDF and video formats (Video posted on You Tube by OCShooter).


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