Gun Groups to Riverside, CA Sheriff – Start Granting Carry Permits, Or Else

Second Amendment advocates put Riverside County’s handgun carry license policy in their crosshairs.

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff
Gun Groups to Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff – Start Granting Carry Permits, Or Else
CalGuns Foundation
CalGuns Foundation

Roseville, CA, and Riverside, CA – -( Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff may have recently won re-election, but he’s not out of the woods yet, two gun rights groups say.

The Calguns Foundation (CGF) and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees(CAL-FFL) have announced the kickoff of their ‘#FixRiverside’ initiative, which aims to compel the sheriff to begin issuing handgun carry permits to all residents who apply for one and pass a background check.

Currently, the sheriff only issues “CCW” licenses to those who demonstrate a “heightened” good cause, with “[c]onvincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, his/her spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources.”
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In a June 11 letter penned by Temecula-based gun rights lawyer Jason Davis, Sheriff Sniff was put on notice that his handgun carry license “policy and practices, both written and as-applied, appear to be the same…as the one struck down” recently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He went on to demand numerous public records from the sheriff’s department, including 15 different categories of documents and “good cause statements,” in order to “research and evaluate [the sheriff’s] policies and practices relating to applications and licenses to carry handguns under Cal. Penal Code § 26150, et seq. for statutory and Constitutional compliance.”

“Sheriff Sniff appears to have violated the civil rights of his constituents the entire time he’s been in office,” said Brandon Combs, the FixRiverside initiative spokesperson and an officer of both CGF and CAL-FFL. “It’s long past time that he learned how to read and follow the Constitution.”

Interestingly, the advocacy groups aren’t going it alone. Joining the #FixRiverside coalition is Chad Bianco, Sniff’s former challenger and a current Lieutenant in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“The promise I made, that I would fight for your rights, remains true today in spite of the outcome of our recent election,” Bianco said in a written statement released this morning. “That’s why I’m renewing my pledge to build a better tomorrow and asking for your help today.”

He went on to urge his supporters, “Do your rights a favor and pass this urgent message along to all of your pro-gun family and friends in Riverside County.”

According to information collected in a December 2013 audit of California Department of Justice carry license statistics, Riverside County issued fewer than 800 active “civilian” handgun licenses. That just shows how bad the sheriff’s policies really are, say the groups.

“Given the sheer size of the county’s population, even conservative estimates put the sheriff at a woefully-low issuance rate,” explained Combs. “Sheriff Sniff’s carry license program simply doesn’t pass the smell test.”

But the efforts to make Riverside a “shall issue” county will need more than well wishes, Combs reminded. “As infuriating as it is, we’re probably going to have to take the sheriff to court in order to make sure Riverside residents can exercise their rights. Lawsuits like that are not cheap.”

Residents of the county who wish to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry handguns for self-defense can support the initiative by volunteering or donating at


California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees is the Golden State’s most tenacious advocacy group for Second Amendment and related rights. CAL-FFL’s thousands of members include gun owners, collectors, training professionals, shooting ranges, dealers, manufacturers, and others who participate in the firearms ecosystem.

The Calguns Foundation (CGF) ( is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to defend and advance Second Amendment and related civil rights. Supporters may visit to join or donate to CGF.

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After my interview. I submitted all my paperwork may 30, 2017.Does anyone know how long it takes to find out whether you’re approved or denied? I heard 2 month but does anyone know something else?


As long as your background check is clear, I was told 2 months. I’m still waiting and completed everything May 8th 2017. I’m at the 7 week mark and still checking the mail everyday.


Today, I spoke with a Riverside County Deputy handling appointments for CCW’s. I told him why I needed a CCW. He replied my reasons sounded valid and should be approved…Then he said the next earliest appointment is May 1, 2017. 2017, not 2016. He explained the department is understaffed to handle all the applications because so many people are applying now. He went to explain the department can’t hire any new workers to help process the applications any sooner because of budget restrictions. I’ve had my life threatened on video by a local drug dealer who was sitting on my… Read more »

Carlitos Roae

Called for an appointment for CCW permit yesterday 12/2/15 and the first available appointment was 10/17/16. I’ll just have to be careful to not be in danger for the next year.


I work in Riverside but live in San Bernardino. I am now just waiting for the call to go pick up my CCW permit following a very quick and smooth process. 2 months to get the interview. 60 days to perform the background check. 2 weeks to take the safety training and then 2 weeks to get the permit. County by county requirements and practices are so different yet it’s a California license. I don’t quite understand the inconsistency among counties, e.g., Riverside. All I can suggest is to go through the process and hope you are successful.


I’m 33 currently. I have lived in Riverside county since I was 5, 1987. I would like to apply for CCW but it seems that Riverside county makes it almost impossible to be approved. I joined the NAVY right out of high school. I served two overseas tours where as part of my duties I was issued a handgun to be used on board for security. I earned marksmanship ribbons for pistol during my service. I earned a medal for good conduct, and have letters of accommodation from my captain and an admiral. I was discharged at the end of… Read more »


I am considering getting a CCW permit, but living in Riverside and down loading all of the information they require, I wonder if they’ll even consider it??? I am a retired Naval Officer (2012), and have fired or familiar with almost all handguns available. Is it something I should pursue or is it the definition of futility???

D Welty

Same here, just called for appointment. First available Jan. 26 2016. Laughable….. Only government would operate this way.

Jim Stilwell

Completed all the paperwork today (6/8/2015) and called for an appointment to bring it in for review. Earliest appointment is December 19, 2015. They must be really, really busy…..

Tom Taylor, Maj-Army-Ret

I have been a Utah CCW permit holder since 2007. I applied to Riverside Sheriff for a CCW permit in January 2015. I lost my right leg in a combat related injury. I was advised that my wheelchair-bound status was a valid reason to carry as I have no other means by which to defend myself and my family. I had to pass the range and safety/background checks – only. I applied 12 Jan and my earliest interview date was May 12th. I passed my range and firearms tests with 100n%. I went to my interview and the first thing,… Read more »

Vom Brunhaus

New Jersey would love to have this guy as a Sheriff. Mindset is the same.

Charles Nichols

Concealed carry is of no use to me, I don’t carry a purse. “[A] right to carry arms openly: “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations.”” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2809. “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained… Read more »