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 Dept. 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 interveiw 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, and
  • 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.

Click here for California Attorney General's frequently asked questions regarding firearms and CCW permits.



As of January, 1999

  • Persons convicted of a felony, or any offense enumerated in section 12021.1 of the Penal Code (PC).
  • Persons addicted to the use of narcotics.
  • Persons denied firearm possession as a condition of probation pursuant to PC section 12021(d).
  • Persons convicted of a specified misdemeanor pursuant to PC section 12021(c)(1) are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms for 10 years (see Attachment 2).
  • Juveniles adjudged wards of the juvenile court because they committed a 707(b) Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) offense, an offense described in PC section 1203.073(b) or any offense enumerated in PC section 12021 (c)(!) are prohibited until they reach age 30.
  • Persons who are subject to a protective order as defined in section 6218 of the Family Code, or a temporary restraining order or injunction issued pursuant to sections 527.6 or 527.8 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
  • Persons found by a court to be a danger to others because of mental illness.
  • Persons found by a court to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.
  • Persons found by a court to be not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Persons adjudicated to be a mentally disordered sex offender.
  • Persons placed on a conservatorship because they are gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism
  • Persons who communicate a threat to a licensed psychotherapist, against a reasonably identifiable victim, and the psychotherapist reports to law enforcement pursuant to WIC section 8100(b), are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm for 6 months.
  • Persons in a mental health facility certified pursuant to WIC sections 5250, 5260, and 5270.15 are prohibited from possessing or purchasing or attempting to purchase firearms for 5 years.
  • Persons who are voluntary patients in a mental facility who are determined to be a danger to self or others are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm between admission and discharge.
  • Persons under indictment or information in any court for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
  • Pursuant to Penal Code (PC) section 12021(c)(1), any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation for any of the following offenses is prohibited from owning, possessing, or having under his or her custody or control any firearms within 10 years of the conviction:
  • Threatening public officers, employees and school officials (PC section 71).
  • Threatening certain public officials, appointees, judges, staff or their families with the intent and apparent ability to carry out the threat (PC section 76).
  • Possessing a deadly weapon with the intent to intimidate a witness (PC section 136.5).
  • Threatening witnesses, victims, or informants (PC section 140).
  • Attempting to remove or take a firearm from the person or immediate presence of a public or peace officer (PC section 148(d)).
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon in a courtroom, courthouse or court building, or at a public meeting (PC section 171(b)).
  • Bringing into or possessing a loaded firearm within the state capitol, legislative offices, etc. (PC section 171c).
  • Taking into or possessing loaded firearms within the Governor’s Mansion or residence of other constitutional officers, etc. (PC section 171(d)).
  • Supplying, selling or giving possession of a firearm to a person for participation in criminal street gangs (PC section 186.28).
  • Assault (PC sections 240, 241)
  • Battery (PC sections 242, 243).
  • Assault with a stun gun or Taber weapon (PC section 244.5)
  • Assault with deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury (PC section 245).
  • Assault with a deadly weapon or instrument, by any means likely to produce great bodily injury or with a stun gun or Taber on a school employee engaged in performance of duties (PC section 245.5).
  • Shooting at an inhabited or occupied dwelling house, building, vehicle, aircraft, horsecart or camper (PC section 246).
  • Discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner (PC section 246.3)
  • Shooting at an unoccupied aircraft, motor vehicle, or uninhabited building or dwelling house (PC section 247)
  • Inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or significant other (PC section 273.5)
  • Willfully violating a domestic protective order (PC section 273.6).
  • Drawing, exhibiting, or using any deadly weapon other than a firearm (PC sections 417(a)(1), 417(a)(2)).
  • Brandishing a firearm in presence of a peace officer (PC section 417.1 – repealed by stats. 1998).
  • Drawing or exhibiting, selling, manufacturing, or distributing firearm replicas or imitations (PC section 417.2).
  • Inflicting serious bodily injury as a result of brandishing (PC section 417.6).
  • Bringing into or possessing firearms upon or within public schools and grounds (PC section 626.9).
  • Stalking (PC section 646.9).
  • Armed criminal action (PC section 12023).
  • Possessing a deadly weapon with intent to commit an assault (PC section 12024).
  • Driver or any vehicle who knowingly permits another person to discharge a firearm from the vehicle or any person who will fully and maliciously discharges a firearm from a motor vehicle (PC sections 12034(b), 12034(d)).
  • Criminal possession of a firearm (PC section 12040).
  • Firearms dealer who sells or transfers or gives possession of any firearm to a minor or a handgun to a person under the age of 21 (PC section 12072(b)).
  • Various violations involving sales and transfers of firearms (PC section 12072(g)(3)).
  • Person or corporation who sells any concealable firearm to any minor (PC section 12100(a) – repealed by stats. 1994).
  • Unauthorized possession/transportation of a machine gun (PC section 12220).
  • Possession of ammunition designed to penetrate metal or armor (PC section 12320).
  • Carrying a concealed or loaded firearm or other deadly weapon or wearing a peace officer uniform, while picketing (PC section 12590).
  • Bringing firearm related contraband into juvenile hall (WIC section 871.5).
  • Bringing firearm related contraband into a youth authority institution (WIC section 1001.5).
  • Purchase, possession, or receipt of a firearm or deadly weapon by a person receiving in-patient treatment for a mental disorder, or by a person who has communicated to a licensed psychotherapist a serious threat of physical violence against an identifiable victim (WIC section 8100).
  • Providing a firearm or deadly weapon to a person described in WIC sections 8100 or 8103 (WIC section 8101).
  • Purchase, possession, or receipt of a firearm or deadly weapon by a person who has been adjudicated to be a mentally disordered sex offender or found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial, or not guilty by reason of insanity, and individuals placed under a conservatorship (WIC section 8103).
  • Pursuant to Section 922, any person listed below is prohibited from possessing, shipping, transporting, or receiving any firearm, who:
  • Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
  • Is a fugitive from justice.
  • Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
  • Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution.
  • Is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States.
  • Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced U.S. citizenship.
  • Is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner.
  • Has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
  • Has an out-of-state prohibitive criminal history.
  • Has a prior denial on a previous National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) inquiry.