Concealed Weapon Permits

CCW renewal Information: California Concealed Weapons Permit

California State Law requires a minimum of four hours of classroom/range instruction in order to renew your permit. Our renewal class is focused upon the legal, moral and ethical issues regarding the use of a firearm for self defense, safety issues and range qualification. Attendees should expect to bring a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition, ear and eye protection. This class meets the Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield Police Department, local Police Departments, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, Tulare County and various other agency requirements for training to renew your concealed weapons permit. If you are a holder of a permit from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, you may take your renewal course 60 days in advance of your permit expiring and you may renew it 30 days prior to your expiration date. If you allow your permit to expire, you will have to re-apply for the permit, including all of the fees and take the 8 hour course again.

New CCW Information: 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 their firearm and at least 2 extra magazines for you semi- automatic firearm (if you have them), a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition, ear and eye protection. 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 Department, 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.

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.

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

Arizona:  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 certifiying 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)

Other options:

UTAH and FLORIDA CCW PERMITS (Multi-State permits):

Powers Firearms Training Corporation is no longer conducting the Utah permit class.  

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.

Where are the classes held?

Bakersfield Area: We currently hold classes at a number of ranges  in the Bakersfield area.

INYO/MONO COUNTIES (BISHOP): Our classes in Inyo/Mono Counties are held at a private training facility and the shooting portion at the Bishop Gun Club. These classes are scheduled to occur 6 times in the 2015 training year. Additional classes are scheduled based upon request. 

Firearms Training

Our Firearms Training is designed to give you a personal, family oriented experience. We want you to feel comfortable bringing your families with you to training. Feel free to ask if the training format your are signing up for is appropriate for your children to attend and if there will be an additional charge. Children should only attend a firearms class if their maturity and disposition will be conducive to a safe environment for everyone.

Tutorials

We offer private instructional time in a variety of disciplines. We are often able to offer training to accommodate your hectic schedule. Please contact us with your training needs. Weekend training dates are hardest to book due to range availability issues. Weekday and evening training is often the easiest to schedule. Please let us know how we can serve you. We look forward to the opportunity to earn and maintain your training business.

Workshop Series:

 

At this time, the Workshop Series is currently being offered as an individual or small group format only.  The workshop series is a training format lasting approximately 2 hours.

Refuse To Be A Victim Workshop. Experts agree that the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. That means that you must have an overall personal safety strategy in place before you need it. Through an evening seminar called Refuse To Be A Victim®, you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. The topics which are often covered in our presentation in the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar may include: Home Security; Personal Security ; Automobile Security: Workplace Security; Technological Security.

Holster Skills Workshop. We have a NEW format for the Holster Workshop. Participants will focus upon safely learning effective technique for drawing their firearm from a holster. Our focus will be upon building effective skills to bring the firearm into effective use. We will be working upon a smooth draw and as we all know, smooth is how you spell “fast”. Please bring a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition for your firearm. If you are using a semiautomatic firearm, multiple magazines will be a must. Revolver shooters will find it advantageous to bring a speedloader or two. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.

Handgun Accuracy Workshop. Participants will focus upon handgun accuracy skills. The participants will be working at varying ranges to improve intentional handgun accuracy. The principles of trigger focused shooting will be discussed along with a minor emphasis upon malfunction drills. Participants will need to bring their firearm, a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition, ear protection and eye protection. Additional magazines and/or speedloaders will also be useful but not necessary. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.

Low-Light Flashlight Workshop. Participants will focus upon shooting their defensive handgun while using a hand-held flashlight. Gun mounted lights are welcome, however, students will need to bring a hand-held flashlight (include extra batteries!), and it is STRONGLY encouraged you bring a “rear button” type flashlight. Holsters are not a necessity will be useful if you carry a light while you are carrying a gun during your daily routine. Participants will need to bring their firearm, a hand-held flashlight, a nominal 100 rounds of ammunition, ear protection and eye protection. Additional magazines and/or speedloaders will also be very useful but not necessary. Handguns should be brought into the range unloaded and cased, of for those with CCW permits, holstered.

Try-A-Gun Workshop.  This workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity “try” a variety of handguns. Students will be given a hands-on opportunity to fire a variety of handguns suitable for sport shooting, target shooting and defensive applications. Ammunition will be provided at market prices on a per-round basis. This format is an in-expensive way to find a type of handgun that may be a good “fit” for your lifestyle. Students must have a basic working knowledge of how handguns are safely operated and/or have attended a beginning handgun class. Students will be given a basic “orientation” for each firearm used and firing will commence with minimal instruction. Students looking for more instruction or a more advanced type of training should seek a different course.

AR 15 Basics- Workshop. This workshop is formatted to address the basic issues with the AR platform. Participants will “sight-in” their rifles and learn the ballistics nuances of the platform. Participants will learn basic rifle positions. A sling for the rifle is not necessary and “tactical vests” are not a useful necessity for this format. Class will begin with discussion of ammunition choices, rifle skills, firing positions and basics of riflery. Shooting will begin with zeroing of the rifles and will progress to practice of various positions. Participants will need a “nominal” 100 rounds of ammunition.

Other Firearm Training Formats

Ladies Only and Co-Ed Beginning Handgun I – RIMFIRE CLASS. This class is designed to give participants a hands-on introduction in the safe handling and proper orientation of a handgun. Students will be provided a thorough introduction to firearm safety, handling and shooting skills. It is our goal to provide beginning shooters with the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to own and use a rim-fire handgun safely. The shooting portion will assist students mastering the fundamentals of handgun shooting. Ammunition for .22 handguns will be provided.

Ladies Only and Co-Ed Beginning Handgun II – CENTERFIRE CLASS.   This training class is designed to give participants an opportunity “try” a variety of handguns.  Class will start with a discussion regarding the types of firearms generally suited for self-defense and recreational shooting, ammunition suitable for sport shooting, and accessories.  The class will then advance to the range for the range session.  The range session will be a hands-on opportunity to fire a variety of handguns suitable for sport shooting, target shooting and defensive applications.  We will provide up to 100 rounds of centerfire ammunition to be used in class.  Additional ammunition may be purchased at market prices, on a per box basis.  Instructors will assist the students on the range as they work toward acquiring basic skills with the centerfire handgun.  We will provide 100 rounds of center-fire ammunition in .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 SPL, 40 S&W or .45 ACP.

Defensive Handgun Clinic. This clinic is oriented toward the basic defensive application of the handgun, however the skills acquired apply to all handgun applications, from purist target shooting to hunting with a handgun.  Attendee’s will need to bring their firearm, a solid holster, at minimum 3 magazines or speed loaders (a magazine pouch or speed loader pouch is helpful), eye and ear protection, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing.  Attendee’s should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the handgun while moving, from various positions, and from the ground. This training format will focus the attendee upon accuracy skills with the handgun, holster skills, basic malfunction clearance and accurate fire at various ranges. Multiple repetitions of the fundamentals will be part of skill development. Class will finish when students have completed the exercises or at 4:00pm.

Defensive Rifle Clinic. This clinic is oriented toward the basic defensive application of the Rifle.  The AR15, mini-14, and AK series rifles are the primary focus of these clinics, however many other rifles may be appropriate for this clinic (loaner rifles may be available).  While this clinic has a specfic focus on defensive application of the rifle, the exercises in this clinic will apply to hunting and sport shooting.  Attendee’s will need to bring their rifle, a minimum 3 magazines (a magazine pouch may be helpful), eye and ear protection, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing. A 5Dogs hotdog will be provided for attendee’s during a lunch break.  Attendee’s should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the rifle from Standing, kneeling, prone and other rifle postions.  This training format will focus the attendee upon accuracy skills and accurate fire at various ranges. Basic malfunction clearance and maintence will be discussed. Multiple repetitions of the fundamentals will be part of skill development. Class will finish when students have completed the exercises or at 4:00pm. The fee for this class is $100.00 and class size is limited to insure a quality experience for those who attend. Equipment required: Rifle, three magazines, a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition, eye/ear protection, hat/cap/visor with a “bill” and appropriate layered clothing are a necessity. Students should bring a nominal 300 rounds of ammunition and inexpensive “ball ammunition” is acceptable. A sling for the rifle is not absolutely necessary but will helpful and you will appreciate it during certain exercises. Questions regarding “gear” are invited prior to class. Shooting will begin with zeroing of the rifles and will progress to practice of various positions. Students can expect to be firing from traditional rifle positions with repeated exercises to cement good rifle technique. Emphasis will be upon accurate rifle fire from 3 yards out to extended ranges which may include up to 200 yards. “Tactical” vests and other such gear are not a necessity for this class. Optics will be addressed but are not a necessity for class. 5Dog’s hotdogs will be provided for lunch. Class will begin at 9:00 am and finish when students have completed the exercises or no later than 4:00 pm.

Defensive Shotgun Clinic.  This clinic is oriented toward the basic defensive applications of the shotgun. Students will need to bring their shotgun, ammunition pouch/holder, eye and ear protection, a “billed cap” and appropriate layered clothing. Whatever shotgun that serves you for self-defense is appropriate for this class. Students should bring a nominal 150 rounds of ammunition in the following denominations: approximately 25 rounds buckshot, 25rounds of slug, and at least 125 rounds of economical grade birdshot. 5Dog’s hotdogs will be provided for lunch. Students should be prepared for a more active class which may include firing the shotgun from various positions, including from the ground, moving while shooting and tactical application of various types of ammunition. Class will begin at 9:00 am and finish when students have completed the exercises or no later than 4:00 pm.