It is the policty of the Murrieta Police Department to refer all applicants for a CCW license to the Riverside County Sheriff for processing. As an alternative that is totally voluntary, the Murrieta Police Department will accept CCW license applications from Murrieta residents who wish to process those applications through a third-party provider. A CCW license allows qualified individuals to carry an approved, concealed firearm on their person for the purpose of self-protection. The voluntary, alternative CCW license process takes approximately 1-4 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 voluntary, alternative 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. Presently, most CCW requests are 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.
As a result of the feasibility study, Chief Hadden authorized a voluntary, alternative 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 voluntary, alternative 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 may choose to apply through the regular process with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department or they may use the alternative, voluntary program through the Murrieta Police Department for their CCW licensing needs.
Requirements for obtaining a CCW license using the alternative, voluntary program
In order to qualify for a CCW license using the alternative, voluntary program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
Voluntary, Alternative 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.