The Chief of Police is given the statutory discretion to issue a license to carry a firearm to residents
within the community (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code 26155).
In order to qualify for a license to carry a firearm, the applicant must meet certain requirements,
(a) Be a resident of the Town of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department (Penal Code §26150; Penal Code § 26155).
(b) Be at least 21 years of age (Penal Code § 29610).
(c) Fully complete an application that will include substantial personal information. Much of the information in the application may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.
(d) Be free from criminal convictions that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm.
Fingerprints will be required and a complete criminal background check will be conducted.
(e) Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code § 26155). The applicant shall
provide at least three letters of character reference.
(f) Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code §26155).
(g) Pay all associated application fees. These fees are set by statute and may not be refunded
if the application is denied.
(h) Provide proof of ownership or registration of any firearm to be licensed.
(i) Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm (Penal Code §26190).
(j) Complete required training (Penal Code § 26165).
The application process for a license to carry a firearm shall consist of two phases. Upon the
successful completion of each phase, the applicant will advance to the next phase until the process
is completed and the license is either issued or denied.
If there are questions regarding the application process, contact Sergeant Kalipo Kauweloa via email or by telephone at (408) 354-6848.