CCW

California Penal Code (PC) sections 12050 through 12054 provide that a sheriff of a county or the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city or city and county may issue a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person (CCW license).

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is authorized to issue CCW permits to residents of the Town of Mammoth Lakes only. If you live outside of the town limits, you must apply for a CCW permit with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

Who May Be Issued a License

The Chief of Police may issue a license to persons who are of good moral character, who have completed a course of training, and where good cause exists for issuance of the CCW license. Issuing a CCW permit is at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police or his/her designee.

Training Required

PC section 12050(a)(1)(B) and (E) specifies that new license applicants must complete a course of training. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department requires an eight hour training course which includes instruction on at least firearms safety and the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm.

A range qualification is also required. You must qualify with our range staff every year to maintain your edibility.

Completing the Application

(Answering all the questions on the standard application does not guarantee the issuance of a CCW license. The determination whether or not to issue the license is the prerogative of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.)

The applicant will certify that all answers provided are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief under penalty of perjury. The applicant will also acknowledge that information disclosed on this application may be subject to public disclosure.

The applicant turns in the completed application to the Records Department along with the firearms training course certificate described above.

You will be contacted by our Rangemaster for a prescreening interview. If after such interview the Rangemaster finds you eligible, you will advance to the next step in the interview process.

The Chief of Police will contact the applicant to come down to the police department for an interview and to go over the application. This is to determine:

  • The applicant is of good moral character
  • Good cause exists to issue the CCW license
  • The applicant meets residence requirements
  • The course of training prescribed by the licensing authority has been completed

Upon approval of the application, you must complete a DOJ fingerprint submission (Livescan). This is done at the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. At this time you will pay the $200 permit fees which covers the background and all other processing fees.

Once the background clearance letters come back showing the applicant eligible to possess firearms, the applicant will be issued the permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

View the California Attorney General's frequently asked questions regarding firearms and CCW permits.