In January of 2019, I decided to document my experience attempting to apply for a concealed weapons carry license (CCW) in Santa Clara County, California.

The reason I decided to document this process is that the way in which these permits are issued differ greatly from county to county and it is ultimately the choice of the Sheriff to dictate the policy. This map shows that Santa Clara county is one of the few counties listed as “virtually no issue”. No issue means that CCW permits are issued very infrequently and are highly subject to the scrutiny of the sheriff. The problem, as you’ll learn while reading this post, is that the Santa Clara County Sheriff appears to care less about the actual qualifications and justification for wanting a permit and more about the net worth of the applicant. Scocca vs. …


Chris Long

Security Engineer & Amateur Traveler

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