Ca DOJ Firearm Safety Certificates
Effective January 1, 2015, the Handgun Safety Certificate Program (HSC) was replaced with the Firearm Safety Certificate Program (FSC). These new statutes affect the general public in two principal ways. First, unless exempt, individuals must possess a Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) prior to purchasing or acquiring a handgun or a long gun. Second, unless exempt, individuals must perform a safe handling demonstration prior to taking delivery of a handgun or long gun from a licensed dealer. FSC Certificates are acquired by taking and passing a 30 question written test on firearm safety, generally at participating firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities.