The Murrieta Police Department is accepting applications from Murrieta residents who wish to obtain a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license. The CCW License Program allows for qualified individuals to carry an approved, concealed firearm on their person for the purpose of self-protection. CCW licenses applications are processed through a convenient, on-line process which takes anywhere from 3-4 months to complete. CCW licenses are valid for a two year period from the date of issuance.
The following information provides a brief overview of the CCW License Program; which includes the program requirements, the licensing process and certain restrictions in obtaining a CCW license. The Murrieta Police Department is pleased to offer this service to the citizens of Murrieta as a tool for personal protection and with the overall goal for increased public safety.
Chief of Police
In early 2016, Murrieta Police Chief Sean Hadden was tasked by the Murrieta City Council to examine the possibility of his office issuing CCW licenses. This request from the City Council was in response to an increased interest by Murrieta citizens to have the ability to protect themselves with the option to carry a concealed firearm. Since the department’s inception in 1992, the Chief of Police has always reserved the right to issue CCW licenses; however, the practice of issuing CCW licenses has always been done sparingly. Most CCW requests were referred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department through a joint agreement between the Chief of Police and the Sheriff.
Chief Hadden directed staff to conduct a feasibility study on the regular issuance of Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) licenses by checking with all of the law enforcement agencies within Riverside County. The study included a review of agency policies, practices and procedures with the issuance of CCW licenses. The study commenced in March of 2016, and concluded in June 2016. The 2016 study showed that some of the municipalities within Riverside County referred those wanting a CCW license to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for processing, while other agencies processed requests internally. The study showed that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department averaged ten CCW license applications from Murrieta residents per month, and had an average processing time (from application to the issuance of the license) of 18 to 22 months.
Chief Hadden began looking at creative ways in which the Murrieta Police Department could provide this service without it being labor intensive with existing staff. It was determined that outsourcing the background portion of the CCW license process would save staff time, and would be an efficient way to process CCW requests. Chief Hadden authorized a CCW test study with a small group of individuals to determine if: (1) the CCW license process could be completed in a reasonable amount of time, (2) if the overall cost for CCW issuance would be affordable for residents of Murrieta and (3) would the program be cost neutral for the city of Murrieta. The test cases revealed the average time to process a CCW license would be 3-4 months, and the estimated total cost for the CCW applicants would be approximately $761.00. Chief Hadden presented his findings at the April 4, 2017 City Council Meeting with his intent to move forward with the program.
Chief Hadden’s goal with the Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License Program is to provide this service to the citizens of Murrieta, while in turn reducing the CCW licensing and workload responsibilities for our partners with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Murrieta residents can still choose to apply with either the Murrieta Police Department or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for their CCW licensing needs.
Requirements for obtaining a CCW License
In order to qualify for a CCW license, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
CCW License Process
CCW License Restrictions
The Chief of Police may place special restrictions limiting the time, place, manner and circumstances under which any license shall be valid. In general, these restrictions will prohibit the licensee from:
CCW License Revocations
Any CCW license may be immediately revoked by the Chief of Police for any of the following reasons:
Limited CCW Business Licenses
The authority to issue a limited CCW business license to a non-resident applicant is granted only to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant works. The chief of a municipal police department may not issue limited CCW business licenses (Penal Code § 26150). Those interested in a limited CCW business license should contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-486-2856 or at www.riversidesheriff.org/ccw
CCW License Program – Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding the CCW program, you can contact Lieutenant Ron Driscoll at 951-461-6377 or at rdriscoll@MurrietaCA.gov.