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|California Firearms Safety Certificate
|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
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.