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SF Sheriff issues zero concealed carry firearms permits post-Bruen

Zero concealed carry weapons licenses have been issued by San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto since New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen – a Supreme Court decision limiting the scope authorities have to deny applications – was decided in June 2022.

Documents released via public records act requests show that 99 individuals have had their applications “accepted” by the Sheriff’s Department – the first on June 27, 2022. As of March 8, 2023 none of these 99 applicants have been issued with a concealed carry license.

The Sheriff’s application process involves would-be concealed carriers undertaking a battery of psychological tests and questionnaires. These are taken via Zoom with applicants required to be ‘on camera’ at all times. It includes two in-person visits to the SFSD office on 14th St in the Mission District – one of which involves a formal interview and fingerprinting.

Public Records Act responses provided by the Sheriff reveal that only three of the applicants have so far passed the criminal background checks and psychological examinations portion of the application process. After this applicants are required to “show proficiency” in marksmanship and safe handling of their firearm with various tests including one-handed, rapid fire, holder-draw firing.

This may pose a challenge to applicants as, typically, holster-draw practice and rapid-firing are not allowed by local firing ranges unless the participant is a law enforcement officer.

Application documents show that the Sheriff will only consider issuing licenses for specific weapons chambered in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP.

Read SFSD CCW application documents here.

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