Sacramento County CCW

Protect Yourself With Our DefenseSHOT California Concealed Carry Weapon Class For Sacramento County Residents!
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Introduction To Our Sacramento County CCW Class

Would you like to get a CCW Permit to protect you and your family? If you are looking to protect yourself and others, getting a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons) permit is the best form of immediate, personal protection available.

We make this process as simple as possible for everyone including those with physical disabilities while also giving you top notch training. You have to get the proper training and develop a special set of skills to be able to carry a concealed firearm the “right way.”

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 Course

About Our Sacramento County CCW Course

Let me guide you through our DefenseSHOT official CCW Permit Course for Sacramento County! My course will certify you for an official California CCW license, valid throughout the state of California. Right now regulations have changed on both on a local and state level, this is one of the best times for Sacramento County residents to obtain a CCW permit.

My Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Offical Certified, 16-hour course has been designed for Sacramento County residents to obtain your California CCW license. We will cover everything that you need to know for carrying and shooting a concealed firearm with confidence. And I guarantee you we will have FUN learning it! I will train anybody, who meets the basic requirements for firearm ownership, to shoot a firearm effectively.

Women, men, new shooters, accomplished marksmen will all leave my CCW permit course with the proficiency and skills, responsibilities and legal knowledge necessary to carry a concealed firearm.

At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What exactly is this course about? What am I going to learn?”

While I am fully versed in the instruction manuals and NRA* standard guidelines, I choose to implement a training model that is exclusive to the individual student and class. I do not simply repeat what is in the official course content and read out of a book. My classes are structured exclusively by me. I’m not repeating someone else’s script. They are also tailored to individual needs.

The Sacramento CCW Training is a 2-Day Class

The first day of class is held at our beautiful and comfortable El Dorado Hills classroom where you will be seated at a table in your comfortable padded chair. The classroom is large and allows you to stand or walk around if needed. The first day of class you will not need a gun. A pen, a piece of paper and your lunch are all that is necessary. I say “a” piece of paper because you will find it’s not necessary to take a lot of notes. With my style of teaching, you will find that you simply “own” the new information. This is one reason I receive so many rave reviews from career teachers.

The second day of class is held at our beautiful DefenseSHOT private shooting facility which is only minutes from our classroom. There is no need to be apprehensive about shooting. Safety and Shooting facility etiquette was covered on day one. You’ll be ready. Your second day of class will start off slow and methodical. You’ll be taking your time to work on target shooting. Once we have the target shooting dialed in we’ll slowly and smoothly transition into defensive shooting. By the end of class, you’ll be capable of rapid firing accurately on target including quick target acquisition, shooting multiple targets and more.

We’ll also push these skills off into your subconscious so you can do them without actively thinking about them. By the end of day two, you will be astounded how much your shooting has improved. As a result, with your new shooting abilities, the mandatory shooting test will seem so simple you’ll be amazed. There’s also a good chance that your next trip to the public range will be different. Don’t be surprised if other shooters start asking for your advice. I do not have a drill instructor or militaristic style at the shooting facility. It is structured and safe but you won’t feel like you’re in boot camp. Again the more relaxed the atmosphere, the better you learn. We can add stress later only if you want to, but it will be for fun, so you can learn to operate under pressure, not as part of the mandatory training.

But Wait! I Don’t Know How To Shoot Yet and I Want To Get My CCW!

With our beginner handgun class, you will go from zero knowledge of guns, to ready for CCW class in 3 hours flat! You’ll love our Beginner handgun class. It’s designed for those who have never shot a handgun before and want to get a CCW. This is where a majority of my students, who were relatively new to general firearms (including many who have never having shot before), have experienced a stress-less day. You will have a great time of learning in our beginner handgun class. Which is designed to take someone who has never touched a gun before and get them confident and ready for our CCW class in one easy step!

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

When You Leave Our Concealed Carry Permit Course, You Will:

  • Have a full understanding of firearms management, care, and use including buying, cleaning, transporting, storing, and using all forms of handguns.
  • Have an extensive proficiency regarding concealed carry weapons laws (Local, State, & Federal).
  • Be confident and comfortable in the physical operation aspects of your firearm as well as others.
  • Officially be CCW training certified in California for Sacramento County residents.
  • Have extensive knowledge and comprehension of concealed carry tactics, and self-defense.
  • Know how to read your surroundings the way cops read our surroundings which not only gives you the tactical edge, it often allows you to get out of trouble before it happens. This portion of the class alone is so valuable that I have had many people bring their teenagers back through the class just to learn this skill set.

How We Can Help You Get Your Weapons Permit

I love to empower people!  My career as a law enforcement officer, being a licensed driving instructor training everyone from kids on the freeway to people on the racetrack and even officers training at the CHP emergency vehicles operation course facility. Along with many thousands of hours of law enforcement training and as a youth pastor, have helped me to design a learning environment that is FUN, effective, and unforgettable! With thousands and thousands of successful CCW students to my credit, I can guarantee that you will be MORE than satisfied with my course!

As a student in our class, you are in a group of people that includes superior court judges, non-peace officer staff, and administrators from surrounding law enforcement and government agencies, attorneys, retired cops and their families as well as an extensive and diverse group including everyone from college students to retirees. There is a reason that DefenseSHOT attracts so many professionals with ties to law along with our general crowd. It’s because you are choosing the best CCW training available and referrals by professionals from government officials to judges and officers know it. I make attaining top notch training and knowledge easy, fun and stress-free.

Book a CCW class with me, and we will have a fun and fulfilling experience at our beautiful classroom and private, DefenseSHOT shooting facility. This two-day experience with me will give you the skills and confidence you need to protect yourself, your family and others for a lifetime.

Book Your CCW Class With DefenseSHOT Today!

I know that for many new to the Concealed Carry Firearms Community, there is a lot of room for uncertainty. Especially when it comes to understanding the laws and regulations of firearms, not to mention the tactics, and skills necessary to handle a firearm well.

I level the playing field for responsible citizens like you and help you protect yourself and your family. When you prepare yourself by taking my Sacramento County Concealed Carry Permit course, you will provide a more safe, secure and confident future for yourself, your family and our community.

Click the button below to book a class. 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 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 great time and share a fun experience with the other people in your class!

My teaching methods have skyrocketed the shooting proficiency of students often beyond the skill level of many of my partners in law enforcement after only one day of training following our Sacramento CCW class in our Advanced Defense Shooting Classes.

I have also used my methods to assist active law enforcement officers to surpass firearms qualifying requirements they were struggling with. As well as setting a foundation for those going into law enforcement academies so that they are ready to surpass all training requirements and tests.

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. Which is only 8 minutes away.

What To Expect (Firing Range)


I can never emphasize the first line enough! Before we leave the classroom, you will have a thorough understanding of range safety, and the voice commands you need to know and follow for the shooting portion of the course. When we get to the firing range, I will also brief everyone about voice commands, range safety, and the “Rules of the Range” that we discussed in the classroom.


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

  • Have the best day you have ever experienced shooting.
  • Breeze through the required shooting test (with your new skills).
  • Our private shooting facility allows us the freedom to try all kinds of training that you could never do at a public shooting range. Training that is vital to you as a CCW carrier.

    Bring The Following

    When you show up to my course on day 1 you should bring:

    • A pen, a piece of paper and your lunch.
    • You will not need your gun on the first day of class.

    When you arrive for your second day of class you should bring:

    • Comfortable “outdoor” clothes (weather appropriate). Our shooting facility is outdoors and has 1000 square feet of roof as well as cooling misters in the summer.
    • Crew neck shirts are better than v necks, so you can avoid the experience of having the “hot brass” in your shirt.
    • Pants or shorts are fine.
    • A baseball cap is recommended.It keeps the brass off your head.
    • Comfortable shoes: athletic shoes or boots. No open toe sandals, please.
    • Bottle water/soft drinks with snacks/lunch. (We are going to be together for 6 hours)
    • Bring a pen and a piece of paper for notes.
    • Bring safety glasses and hearing protection. (Sunglasses and Rx glasses are fine if they have a safety rating). We do have eye and ear protection available for you if needed.
    • A minimum of 250 rounds ammunition for your personal handgun or guns. If you are bringing multiple guns you’ll want at least 50 rounds per gun with a total of at least 250 rounds. By the end of class, you will be shooting 6 rounds a second. The ammunition will evaporate quickly when we do that. As the day goes we will keep turning up the fun dial – which will require ammunition.
    • A holster is NOT mandatory.

    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

    New CCW applicants must attend BOTH classroom and firing range instruction.

    Classroom Location – The class is located at 4667 Golden Foothill Pkwy in El Dorado Hills, CA It is near the intersection of Latrobe Rd & White Rock Rd. Click here to get directions.

    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.