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Here we provide some of our favorite links and downloads, including some reading that we recommend in our classes.


Good online info sources

Not an exhaustive list by any means, but here are just a few of the gun-related sites we've encountered lately that seem to offer well-reasoned perspectives on firearms in America:


California gun laws: good reading

California Firearms Law 2007 (California Department of Justice). PDF; 1.5Mb.

... and the California Firearms Laws Summary 2016. PDF; ~1Mb.

... and Criminal Law 505: Justifiable Homicide: Self‐Defense or Defense of Another (California). PDF; under 1Mb.

... and, finally, Criminal Law 506: Justifiable Homicide: Defending Against Harm to Person Within Home or on Property (California). PDF; under 1Mb.


Useful: The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action's page on gun laws by state. Click the VIEW PROFILE link for the state of interest for current gun-related law and CCW reciprocity.


In the classroom session our instructors often anecdotally refer to a couple of documents:

  • "Guns and Violence in the United States, By the Numbers: This link goes to this article on The Truth About Guns website. To quote TTAG: " If you only read one fact-filled article showing that guns don’t cause murders and there is no such thing as a 'gun violence epidemic,' this would be the one."
  • The Florida State University Study: a study conducted by Gary Kleck, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University, on the real effects of gun control. This study appears to have evolved into a couple of books:
    • Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control by Gary Kleck, 2nd Ed. published Dec 31, 1997
    • Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control by Gary Kleck with Don B. Kates, Nov 2001

Both are available for purchase online. If you're seeking something shorter than book-length, however, you may find the GunCite website page that discusses the original study (in relationship to similar studies) of interest.


Butte County CCW forms and Info

You must apply to and obtain application approval from the Butte County Sheriff prior to taking your course and qualifying or requalifying. See our FAQs page for more information.

You can find the California Department of Justice Standard Application for License to Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) from Butte County and the Butte County Sheriff's Application and Testing Procedures for Concealed Weapons License on the Butte County Sheriff's Records Division website page.



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