Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC)

Firearm Safety Certificate Program

Whenever you are ready, come on into our shop and take the test! Its 30 multiple choice questions and should only take about 30 minutes to complete the process. It is a $25 fee for the test and you can miss up to 7 questions. If you are not quite familiar with guns and the safety precautions that come along with, there is a link to the FSC manual and FSC study guide at the bottom of this page.

Effective January 1, 2015, the Handgun Safety Certificate program was replaced with the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) program. Under the FSC program, requirements that previously applied to handguns only now apply to all firearms (handguns and long guns), unless exempt. A list of exemptions is available on this website.

A valid Handgun Safety Certificate can still be used to purchase/acquire handguns only until it expires. For long gun purchases/acquisitions made January 1, 2015, and thereafter, an FSC will be required. Once an FSC is obtained, it can be used for both handgun and long gun purchases/acquisitions.

FSCs are acquired by taking and passing a written test on firearm safety, generally at participating firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities. A Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide to help individuals prepare for the FSC test is available for viewing/downloading from this website. A Firearm Safety webinar is also available for viewing or download on the Videos page.

The firearm safety demonstration protocols and DOJ Certified Instructor standards have been established and implemented by DOJ. An explanation of the firearm safety demonstration can be found starting on page 12 of the Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide.

The following forms and publications are available at http://www.oag.ca.gov/firearms/forms