Sacramento County CCW Renewal

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Introduction To Our Sacramento County CCW Renewal Class

Crime is not a respecter of persons or the age of that person. This not anything new to you. In fact, you may have experienced firsthand an attack, or know of someone who did. You are reading what this class information is about because you do not want to be a victim again, or ever.

Whether you have a CCW permit from somewhere else or new to this, the Sacramento Country CCW RenewalCourse is designed with you in mind. In the course, you will learn the specific regulations that frame this curriculum.

I will have you in the classroom and on the range during this 2-day course. Lecture time is important, but becoming familiar with shooting is imperative.

Please be sure to read the helpful tips, info, & resources at the bottom of this page! Be sure to click on the ‘CCW Application Instructions’ tab to fill out the county background application.
Sacramento County CCW Permit Renewal Course

About Our CCW Renewal Class For Sacramento County

To take the class you must be a resident of Sacramento County. What is amazing is that this is the perfect time to obtain your CCW certification. I will ensure that you understand the safe and effective way to carry a concealed weapon. There is more to a firearm than simply possessing it. My class will make sure you are totally comfortable with carrying and using the weapon if the need were to arise. Therefore, you need to put serious consideration into selecting to take this class offered by DefenseSHOT.

The Sacramento County CCW Permit Course is not just a firearms training course. I have developed a curriculum that provides you with the information and ability to be CCW compliant. Sacramento County has opened the ability to seek after your CCW certification. Not all counties in California are doing this. Because your county has an open ability to be certified and carry, training is required.

In the class room, we go over laws that apply for this CCW certification. The class time is where I go over all regulations you need to know in handling your firearm. My class has been approved by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. As such, you will gain real world instruction. I could have you simply read a book but that does not educate you on how to be safe in handling your firearm. You will come to know your weapon as an extension of you.

DefenseSHOT currently boasts a 100% approval rate for all of the CCW students I have trained over the years.

Benefits Included With Our Sacramento CCW Renewal Course:

For a first-time shooter, firing a live gun can be intimidating. I do not want you to leave the class with that mindset. My desire and conviction are that you will understand and appreciate the weapon you are looking to carry. This pound and half of metal has one purpose. To render the bad guy incapable of harming you or someone else. In this course, you gain personal and practical benefits. I will be focused, but laid-back in teaching you the basics and the rules that apply to your CCW certification.


  • The handgun you carry will be your friend. Not only will you depend on your firearm, but you will also know its makeup inside and out.
  • Confidence in knowing the rules that go with a CCW. There are times you can use your weapon and times you cannot. Knowing the difference is key.
  • Discipline in being prepared. The bad guys do NOT follow the rules of engagement, so you must be ready to meet the potential threat. After my course, you will.
  • The knowledge you can make a difference in keeping yourself and someone else safe. Knowledge is power. The right kind of power.
  • You will know to stay on target. I pass you only when I KNOW you are proficient.

Renewing Your Weapons Permit Is Easy. How Can DefenseSHOT Be Of Service?

As I have mentioned before this class is designed to make you prepared to gain your Sacramento CCW permit. I teach the course personally so that you gain everything that is important. I will work with you in the classroom and at the firing range. Since my class is approved by law enforcement, you will learn only the need-to-know information and not extra fluff. Finally, you will enjoy the course. We have fun in the process and maintain a disciplined curriculum.

DefenseShot is different because we focus on the pertinent. I have the background and credentials that many other CCW training centers do not.

Book Your CCW Class With DefenseSHOT Today!

There is no better time to sign-up for your CCW certification training for Sacramento. Our costs are competitive and the classroom/firing range time is top-notch. The criminal element is alive and well. Don’t let them take advantage of you and put you in harm’s way.

Make the decision to sign-up and go after your Sacramento County CCW now. Click on the button below and get started. Classes fill up quickly. Call us at (530) 206-6377 or contact us if you have any questions!

Helpful CCW Tips & Resources

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CCW Application Instructions & Link

To get your CCW you are going to do three things:

  1. Complete your application which starts your background check. (link below)
  2. Take our DefenseSHOT Sacramento CCW class.
  3. Wait for the Sheriff’s office to check your background and call you back for an oral interview.


Below is a link that will take you to the Sacramento County CCW Renewal application. BEFORE YOU FILL IT OUT be sure to read these quick tips:


  • The application will ask what reason you want to have a CCW and it looks like they want an essay. Simply write in these two words: ”Self Defense”.  I know it says on the application they want more than that, but it’s not the case. Our Sheriff is very pro CCW and he prefers to keep it simple.


  • Be honest. If you stole a pack of bubble gum when you were a kid or you were in a scuffle and the cops showed up, even though you think it’s not on your record it probably is. If you have ever been in handcuffs, mention it. If you mention it you’ll be fine, if you fail to mention it, that could cause a problem. They aren’t going to deny you a CCW over a speeding ticket unless you were going 100 mph through a school zone on the sidewalk or something. Keep in mind they are looking for patterns of violence or recklessness. Even in those cases, the severity of the incident and how long ago it took place are taken into account. Feel free to contact me privately if you like if you have a specific concern about your history. I’ll be happy to help.


  • If you have had tickets in the past five years, mention them. You don’t have to dig them up and give the exact date. You could write something like “I had a ticket in approximately 2015 in the Bay Area”. that would be fine. A ticket doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It means you drive a car. Don’t be nervous about mentioning it.


  • When you apply online – before our class – you’ll be asked to create an account. They’ll ask you to upload pictures of your current power bill or other documents that prove you live in Sacramento County. Creating an account will allow you to sign back in later and add things like pictures of your DefenseSHOT training certification as you go through the background check process.


After a few months, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will call you back in for a quick oral interview. There’s nothing to be anxious about. By this time you will have taken our DefenseSHOT CCW class. This will make your interview easy because you will have the best training and you’ll know what you are talking about. Keep in mind, in all the years we have been doing this we have never had a student denied. Also, when they see you received your training through DefenseSHOT they know you have received top-notch training. I have trained many of their staff. And their staff who have taken our class refer their friends and other staff (unofficially). They are familiar with us and clearly are pleased with our DefenseSHOT certifications.



Meet John, Your Lead Instructor

California CCW and Firearms Trainer - John Daniels


I can understand if you need more details before committing yourself to my course. So you want to know who I am and what I “bring to the party”?  Well, here I am in a nutshell.

My name is John. I have 17+ years of experience in law enforcement; I have also been a youth pastor at two churches, a licensed driving instructor, as well as many years of training in both marshal and material arts. Specific to firearms, I have the following certifications:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Certified Firearms Instructor
  • Firing Range Safety Officer
  • California Dept. of Justice Firearms Instructor
  • Bureau of Criminal Investigations Instructor
  • Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Instructor for California, Nevada & 35 other states

While these Certifications – many required by law- are extensive, what really sets me apart from the “other instructors” is my life experience. I didn’t just go out and get the basic, entry-level instructor certifications. I have many years of teaching experience and a God given gift to teach others, along with vast amounts of both professional law enforcement and personal experience in the use of force for the defense of self and others.

When you take my CCW  course or any of the wide variety of firearms courses I offer, I approach each student as a unique person with unique requirements. My style of training is centered on patience, and understanding that everyone is not the same. The simple going through the motions and “checking the boxes” that qualify you for a CCW permit, is not good enough. If someone were not progressing well in class, I would see that as an indictment of me, not my student. The “checking the boxes” approach is not what I do. 

When you work with me, I want you to get an A+, and more importantly, I want you to enjoy and retain the information in my course. This is why I regularly receive feedback from students who can’t believe how much they have learned so quickly. I also have a zero stress teaching philosophy. I know that you will learn more, retain more, and enjoy the class more when you don’t feel there is the stress of a tricky test hanging over your head. There is a test, but because our training is so good you can be confident that you will pass with flying colors. Over the years, none of our students have ever had a problem passing it.  I understand that the threat of a difficult test is not an indication of good training and often, actually inhibits learning. This is why my classes are stress-free and entertaining.  

Book my course, and you will experience a training method that is fun, with no stress and produces impressive effective results.


What To Expect (Classroom)

Expect to learn a new perspective of what firearms and concealed carry responsibilities are all about! Expect to have a good time and share a great experience with the other people in your class!

It doesn’t matter what your experience is with firearms is either. My teaching methods have positioned students with shooting proficiency that is beyond the skill level of many law enforcement officers after only one day of training in our Defense Shooting and Advanced Defense Shooting Classes.

I have even used my methods to assist active law enforcement officers to surpass firearms qualifying requirements they were struggling with.

The classroom is pretty informal, but it is a classroom setting (before going to the firing range). You will be able to get up and walk to the back of the class to stretch and move around. The chairs are padded, you’ll be seated in rows of tables in our beautiful classroom. We will take about a 10-minute break every hour or so during classroom training.

At the beginning of the course, I will give the location and directions to the DefenseSHOT firing range.

What To Expect (Firing Range)


I can NEVER emphasize the this enough! Before we leave the classroom, I will give a brief introduction to range safety, and the voice commands you need to know and follow for the firing range portion of the course. When we get to the firing range, I will repeat a more detailed, “Walkthrough” training for voice commands, introduction to range safety, and the “Rules of the Range” that we briefly discussed in the classroom.

After we finish with range safety and walkthrough, we will:

  • Live Fire qualifying rounds with your firearm in preparation for certification.
  • Live Fire for official CCW Certification.

    Bring The Following

    1. Comfortable “outdoor” clothes (weather appropriate) IF you intend to shoot with me after the mandatory classroom portion of the training. Shooting is optional and not required to get your CCW, but I do recommend it which is why I offer that training at no extra cost. There is no shooting test.
    2. Crew neck shirts are best, so you can avoid the experience of having the “hot brass” of spent cases cascading down the inside of your shirt.
    3. Pants or shorts.
    4. A baseball cap is recommended.
    5. Comfortable shoes: athletic shoes or hiking boots. No open toe sandals, please.
    6. Bottle water/soft drinks with snacks/lunch. (We are going to be together for 8 hours).
    7. Bring a piece of paper and a pen notes.( you’ll find you don’t need to take many notes due to my teaching style. You’ll find you just suddenly “ own” the information)
    8. If you intend to shoot, Bring safety glasses and hearing protection for the range. (Sunglasses and Rx glasses are fine if they have a safety rating). We do have eye and ear protection available if needed.
    9. If you intend to shoot, Bring at least 50 rounds of ammunition for your personal handgun. Handguns are also available if needed.

    Firearm Transportation Rules & Laws

    IMPORTANT: When traveling with a personal firearm to the classroom location, and to the firing range…


    • Feel free to bring your UNLOADED firearm into the classroom in a hard or soft locked container.
    • Please leave all ammunition in your car during classroom training.

    In accordance with California State law:

    “Pursuant to California Penal Code section 25610, a United States citizen over 18 years of age who is not prohibited from firearm possession,.. in California, may transport by motor vehicle any handgun provided it is unloaded and locked in the vehicle’s trunk or in a locked container. Furthermore, the handgun must be carried directly to or from any motor vehicle for any lawful purpose and, while being carried must be contained within a locked container.”


    To recap that: while traveling in your vehicle – to class for instance- your gun must be unloaded, and in a locked container. The ammunition cannot be in the container with the gun, or near the container. The ammunition should be near the opposite end of the vehicle from the gun container if possible. The law does not state what kind of container except that you can’t use the glove box or console as the “locked container” for your gun. I will not be checking for this, this is just to make sure you are in compliance in case you get pulled over.

    Once you get your CCW you will be able to carry guns listed on your CCW loaded and placed anywhere in the vehicle provided it is out of sight and under your control.

    Classroom & Firing Range Locations

    CCW Renewal applicants ONLY need to attend the firing range instruction.

    Firing Range Location – The firing range location is a secret off-site location that will be revealed to you via email on signup and in the classroom during the class. Our private shooting facility range is a secret off-site location only minutes away that will be revealed to you via email on signup and in the classroom during the class.