524 7th Street, Oakland, CA
(510) 836-6011
Firearms Training

    


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The Loss Prevention Group, Inc. (LPG) is a California licensed firearm training facility and employs NRA Certified Instructors whom are also licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative (BSIS) (Lic. TFF 1308) to complete training for security guards.

We offer the following Firearm Classes:

- BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit Class

- BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit Requalifications

BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit Class - $200


There are two training location options for the two-day BSIS Exposed Firearm Permit Class:

Option 1 (Tuesday & Wednesday) - The classroom training (Day 1) will take place at our training facility (524 7th Street, Oakland). The Range Training & Qualification (Day 2) will take place at the San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Club (3001 Davis Street, San Leandro).

Option 2 (Saturday & Sunday) - The classroom training (Day 1) for the BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit Class AND the Range Training & Qualification (Day 2) will take place at the Concord Police Association Range (5060 Avila Road, Concord). 


Students must attend both days consecutively.
View the Training Calendar for upcoming class dates. The cost of the two day class is $200. The Live Scan background processing fee of $107, the State application fee of $80, and ammunition fees are not included in the class fee.

Besides static live fire target shooting at the range for their BSIS certification, our students may have the benefit of interacting with our Laser Shot firearm simulator, exposing them to real life "shoot or don't shoot" scenarios, better preparing them to work armed.

Call LPG to register for a class, or pay in advance online. Alternatively, students may Walk-In during class registration in space allows. Most firearm classes sell out, so it's best to pay in advance online and guarantee your spot in an upcoming class. Click here for a list of money saving package prices.

 

Students must be 18 years of age or older, a United States Citizen or permanent legal resident (with proof), and be a licensed security guard or applicant for a license as security guard. Click here to view the list of Acceptable Documents for proof of citizenship or legal resident status.

During the classroom training, students will learn moral and legal aspects of firearm use, firearm nomenclature, weapons handling and shooting fundamentals, and emergency procedures. During the range training, students will practice in safely handling and firing duty weapons.

The cost of the class includes the opportunity to qualify at the range with ONE firearm. For an additional fee of $25 per caliber, students can also qualify with additional calibers. Students may bring their own firearm to the range. Student's that don't have their own firearm have the opportunity to qualify with ONE of LPG's loaner firearms (only the following calibers are available for use: 9 mm, .40, .45, .38, or .357). Our .357 can only be used at the Concord Police Range.
 
Students are responsible for purchasing their own ammunition (100 rounds) for the Range Training & Qualification (Day 2). If a student pays for more than one caliber, he/she will need to provide 100 additional rounds for each caliber. Ammunition can be purchased at the San Leandro Range, but NOT at the Concord Police Association Range. Ammunition can also be purchased at Gun Stores or Sporting Goods Stores, such as Big 5 or Walmart. Hearing and eye protection can be borrowed from LPG at no additional cost. 

In accordance with the standards established by the BSIS, students must qualify with a minimum score of 80 percent on a course of fire prescribed by the Bureau, and pass with a minimum score of 85 percent or more on the Bureau-approved written examination. Passing a written examination is only required at the time of the initial application and the renewal of the firearm permit.

Students who fail to pass the written examination (Day 1) will be allowed to retake the class one time at no additional fee. Students who fail to pass the range qualification (Day 2) may take the two-day class again, one time, for a fee of $95.

FIREARM REQUALIFICATIONS - $95 (SAN LEANDRO OR CONCORD)

  

Live Fire Requalification's are for those security guards that already have the Exposed Firearm Permit. Students must provide 50 rounds of ammunition (per caliber). Holders of the Firearm Permit must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart. Student's that don't have their own firearm have the opportunity to qualify with ONE of LPG's loaner firearms (only the following calibers are available for use: 9 mm, .40, .45, .38, or .357). Our .357 can only be used at the Concord Police Range.

Please note, as of June 3, 2016. the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) has suspended the practice of adding a caliber on a current BSIS Firearms Permit during a Firearms Requalification. To add a caliber to an existing Firearms Permit, applicants now must complete the two day, 16 hour, BSIS Exposed Firearms Class again. Click here to review the Notice from the BSIS.


*Students may purchase ammunition at the San Leandro Range ONLY.


Click here for Map to San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Club

San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Club
3001 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA  94597
(510) 638-9605


Directions
From I-880, take the Davis Street West off ramp, proceed west on Davis Street until the end, the entrance to the range is adjacent to Davis Street Waste Management.

Click here for Map to Concord Police Range

Concord Police Range
5060 Avila Road
Concord, CA  94520

Directions
From Highway 4, take the Willow Pass off ramp, proceed to the south side of Highway 4 and turn left on Avila Road. The range is located at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

All fees are Non-Refundable.

Company and Organization Billing Accounts are available. Contact LPG for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


1) What are the requirements for obtaining a Firearm Permit?

2) How long does it take for the Firearm Permit to be issued by the BSIS?

3) How will I know when my Firearm Permit is issued?
4) Can I carry a firearm on duty before my Firearm Permit is issued?
5) Once I get my Firearm Permit, can I carry a concealed weapon?
6) Can I carry any caliber weapon?
7) When does a Firearm Permit expire? Is there any grace period?
8) What is required for renewal of a Firearm Permit?
9) My Firearm Permit has expired and the renewal is being processed. Can an expired permit and proof of payment be used until the renewal is received?
10) How do I change the caliber(s) on my Firearm Permit?
11) I was denied a Firearm Permit. When can I reapply?
12) I was only convicted of a misdemeanor. Can the BSIS still deny my Firearm Permit?
13) Does LPG offer Financial Aid?
14)
I moved, how do I update my address?
15) I lost my Firearm Permit. How do I obtain a replacement?
16)
I have completed 832 PC training. Do I still have to take the training class?

17) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class?

1)
What are the requirements for obtaining a Firearm Permit? 

Applicants must take the 14 hour Firearm Training Course, pass the written and range exams, be a United States citizen or have permanent legal alien status, complete live scan fingerprinting for security guard with firearm; and submit a copy of the live scan form and firearm permit application form with an $80 application fee directly to the BSIS.


2) How long does it take for the Firearm Permit to be issued by the BSIS? 

It takes the BSIS approximately four weeks to process the application for firearm permit, and four to eight weeks to complete the process of issuing a permit. It is recommended by the BSIS that applicants wait at least two months before calling (916) 322-4000 to check on the status of their firearms permit.


3) How will I know when my Firearm Permit is issued? 

Applicants can check the status of their Firearm Permit on the BSIS Verify a License webpage.  Once the applicants name shows up, it takes approximately two weeks to receive the Firearm Permit in the mail from the BSIS.


4) Can I carry a firearm on duty before my Firearm Permit is issued? 

No! Even if you are licensed or registered in the security, alarm, or private investigation fields, you may NOT carry a gun on duty - whether loaded or unloaded - unless you have been issued an exposed Firearm Permit by the BSIS.


5) Once I get my Firearm Permit, can I carry a concealed weapon? 

No! It is illegal for a licensee or registrant to carry a CONCEALED weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by a Police Department or Sheriff's Office.


6) Can I carry any caliber weapon? 

No! You cannot carry a caliber handgun that is not listed on your Firearm Permit.


7) When does a Firearm Permit expire? Is there a grace period? 

A Firearm permit expires on the date of expiration and there is no grace period. If you do not apply for a renewal before the date of expiration, you must requalify and start over as a new applicant.


8) What is required for renewal of a Firearm Permit? 

Firearm permits expire two years from the date of issuance. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart.


9) My Firearms Permit has expired and the renewal is being processed. Can an expired permit and proof of payment be used until the renewal is received? 
No. You must have a current permit and registration in order to legally carry a firearm.

10) How do I change the caliber(s) on my Firearm Permit? 
You must requalify at the range and submit a Firearm Permit Application obtained at the training facility. There is no BSIS fee to add a caliber. It takes approximately three to six weeks to receive the new Firearm Permit. The duplicate license with the new caliber is $10.

11) I was denied a Firearm Permit. When can I reapply? 
You can submit a new application with fees and live scan for security guard with firearm form one year from the date of denial.

12) I was only convicted of a misdemeanor. Can the BSIS still deny my Firearm Permit? 
Yes. A conviction does not have to be a felony for the BSIS to deny the issuance of a Firearm Permit. Note: A Firearm Permit will not be issued by the BSIS to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor that prohibits the person from carrying or possessing a firearm. A person may also be denied a firearm permit by the BSIS if they have a history of domestic violence, are a subject to a Temporary Restraining Order, or have been convicted of crimes of violence or weapons violations. This list is not all inclusive.
Applicants can contact the BSIS Licensing Division directly at (916) 322-4000 with any further questions. All fees are non-refundable.

13) Does LPG offer Financial Aid? 

LPG is approved by some local return to work agencies. Review the Financial Aid page for more information.


14) I moved, how do I update my address? 

The BSIS must be notified within 30 days, or an administrative fine may be issued. Fill out the Request for Change of Address form and mail or fax it to the BSIS.


15) I lost my Firearm Permit. How do I obtain a replacement? 

Fill out the Request for replacement Registration/Permit form and mail it back to the BSIS with a check or money order in the amount of $10.


16) I have completed 832 PC training, or a Police Academy. Do I still have to take the training class? 
Yes. To be issued a Firearm Permit you must complete the BSIS's training and application process.


17) Where can I view the training manuals used in the class? 
Click here for the BSIS Firearms Training Manual