524 7th Street, Oakland, CA
(510) 836-6011
BSIS Firearms Training for Security Guards

    

The Loss Prevention Group, Inc. (LPG) is certified and licensed by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) as a Firearms Training Facility (Lic. TFF 1308). LPG's firearms instructors have received training from NRA Training Counselors, and have been credentialed by the NRA as Pistol Instructors. Additionally, LPG's firearms instructors are certified and licensed by the BSIS to conduct training for the California security guard industry. Lastly, some of LPG's firearms instructors are current or former law enforcement officers, who received additional training, certification and experience in their law enforcement careers. 

We offer the following Firearms Classes:

- BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit Class

- BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit Requalification Class

BSIS EXPOSED FIREARMS PERMIT CLASS - $220
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-Two-Day Class Fee: $220 (paid to LPG)
-Live Scan for Security Guard with Firearms Fee: $107 (paid to LPG)
-Ammunition Fee (100 rounds): Approximately $50 (purchased by the participant before Day 2 at a gun store, Big 5, Walmart, or San Leandro Range) 
-Firearms Application Fee: $100 (submitted by the participant to the BSIS after completion of the class).  

This is two day, 16 hour class developed for licensed security guards, or security guard card applicants, looking to obtain the BSIS Firearms Permit and work as an armed security guard. During the classroom training (Day 1), participants will learn the following:

-Moral and Legal Aspects: Laws regarding possession and carrying for firearms, Laws and standard regarding use of deadly force, Avoidance of deadly force, De-escalation of force, Criminal and civil liability, and Effects of firearm use.

-Firearm Nomenclature and Maintenance: Revolver, Semi-automatic, Ammunition, and Firearm safety.

-Weapon Handling and Shooting Fundamentals: Loading and unloading, Grip, Draw, Proper positions, and Shooting fundamentals.

-Emergency Procedures

During the range training (Day 2), participants will practice in safely handling and firing duty weapons, and then participate in the BSIS Approved Range Qualification Course of Fire. 

The cost of the class includes the opportunity to qualify at the range with ONE firearm. For an additional fee of $30 per caliber, students can also qualify with additional calibers. Participants may bring their own firearm(s) to the range (Day 2). Participant's that don't own a firearm have the opportunity to qualify with ONE of LPG's loaner firearms at no additional fee (only the following calibers are available for use: 9 mm, .40, .45, .38, or .357). The .357 caliber firearm can only be used at the Concord Police Association Range, not at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range. 

Particpants 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 Rifle & Pistol 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, particpants 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. To review the BSIS Firearms Permit Manual in preparation for the class and written examination, click here.


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

Option 1 (Weekdays) - 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 & Pistol Range, 3001 Davis Street, San Leandro.

Option 2 (Weekend) - The classroom training (Day 1) AND the Range Training & Qualification (Day 2) will take place at the Concord Police Association Range, 5060 Avila Road, Concord. 

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, a United States Citizen or permanent legal resident (with proof provided on Day 1 of the class), 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. 

Participants must attend both days consecutively.
View the Training Calendar for upcoming class dates. The cost of the two day class is $220. The Live Scan background processing fee of $107, the State application fee of $100, and the ammunition fees ARE NOT included in the $220 class fee.

Call LPG to register for a class, or pay in advance online. Alternatively, particpants may Walk-In during class registration if 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 our money saving Packages. 

Participants who fail to pass the written examination (Day 1) will be allowed to retake the two day class one time at no additional fee. Participants who fail to pass the range qualification (Day 2) may take the two-day class again, one time, for a fee of $100. 

The BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit is valid for two years. Renewal Notices are NOT mailed to permit holders. By law, the permit holder is responsible for submitting a Firearms Permit Renewal Application at least 60 days (but not more than 90 days) prior to expiration of their current permit. To renew a firearms permit, permit holders must complete four (4) range qualifications as explained below. There is a $118 Renewal Fee that must be paid to the BSIS when
submitting the Renewal Application.

Click here to review the BSIS Firearms Permit Fact Sheet 

IMPORTANT NOTE: A Firearm Assessment is required by the BSIS before the Firearms Permit is issued. The assessment will evaluate whether an applicant possesses appropriate judgement, restraint, and self-control for the purpose of carrying and using a firearm during the course of his or her security guard duties. The cost of the assessment paid by the applicant is $60.   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Basic experience in safely handling, loading, unloading, and shooting a handgun is recommended before attending our BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit class. Participants without any experience typically do not successfully pass the Range Qualification. If you do not have experience, we highly recommend that you take an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training course before attending our BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit class. We recommend that you contact an NRA Credentialed Instructor and attend an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Training Course, which includes classroom theory (online or in-seat), hands on training, and live fire experience at a local firearms range. You may want to contact Seek Safety Firearms Training at (510) 299-1756 or email, or another any other NRA Credentialed Instructor. 

All fees are Non-Refundable. Company and Organization Billing Accounts are available. Contact LPG for more information.


BSIS EXPOSED FIREARMS PERMIT REQUALIFICATION CLASS - $100
  (CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR CLASS NOW)
 

Firearms Requalification classes are for security guards that already have the BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit. To renew a firearms permit, permit holders will need to complete four (4) range qualifications as follows: Two (2) range qualifications during each 12-month period of the current permit's two-year term with no two (2) range qualifications completed closer than four (4) months apart. Generally, range qualifications are completed about six (6) months apart. Failing to adhere to the required range qualification schedule will result in the permit holder being ineligible for renewal and the need to apply for a new initial firearms permit. See the Suggested Range Schedule below. 

Our BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit Requalification Classes are scheduled every month at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range, and at the Concord Police Association Range. The class, which includes the required review training course in the use of force and de-escalation of force, and range qualification, is approximately three (3) hours in length. In accordance with the standards established by the BSIS, permit holders must qualify with a minimum score of 80 percent on a course of fire prescribed by the Bureau. During the fourth Firearms Range Qualification, permit holders must also pass, with a minimum score of 85 percent or more, the Bureau-approved written examination. To review the BSIS Firearms Permit Manual in preparation for the class and written examination, click here.

The cost of the class includes the opportunity to qualify at the range with ONE firearm. For an additional fee of $30 per caliber, participants can also qualify with additional calibers if they already have more than one caliber listed on their current firearms permit. Participants may bring their own firearm(s) to the range. Participants that don't own a firearm have the opportunity to qualify with ONE of LPG's loaner firearms at no additional fee (only the following calibers are available for use: 9 mm, .40, .45, .38, or .357). The .357 caliber firearm can only be used at the Concord Police Association Range, not at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range.   


Participants are responsible for purchasing their own ammunition (100 rounds for each caliber listed on their firearms permit). Ammunition can be purchased at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol 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. 

Firearms permit holders cannot add additional calibers to a current Firearms Permit at a BSIS Exposed Firearms Requalification Class. To add a caliber to an existing Firearms Permit, permit holders must complete the two day, 16 hour, BSIS Exposed Firearms Class again. Click here to review a Notice from the BSIS regarding adding calibers to an existing permit.  

Participants must bring their valid I.D., BSIS Guard Card and Firearms Permit, and proof of U.S. Citizenship / Permanent Legal Resident information (U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate or DD-214) to each Firearms Requalifcation Class (even if it was provided during a previous class).

View the Training Calendar for upcoming class dates and locations. Call LPG to register for a class, or pay in advance online. Alternatively, participants may Walk-In during class registration if space allows. Most Firearms Requalification classes sell out, so it's best to pay in advance online and guarantee your spot in an upcoming class.

Suggested Range Schedule

As a courtesy, the table below provides suggested range qualification schedules for the renewal of a firearms permit. Adherence is not a mandatory provision for renewal, but a suggestion by the BSIS of typical schedules that satisfy the requirements for renewal and allow for timely renewal of the permit. To use the table, first check the expiration date on your firearms permit, find your permit's expiration month on the table, and follow the schedule detailed in the row. Each schedule provides sufficient time to submit your firearms permit renewal application at least 60 days before expiration, as required by law.



LPG uses the following ranges for Firearms Qualification Classes:

San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range 
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 San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Range

Concord Police Association 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.


Click here for Map to Concord Police Association Range

All fees are Non-Refundable.

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

NOTE: The BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit Class and the BSIS Exposed Firearms Requalification Class are not NRA approved courses. 

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 16 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 a $100 application fee directly to the BSIS. After approval by the BSIS, the applicant will then have to complete a firearm assessment. The cost of the assessment is $60.


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 12 months after the date of issuance, and twice during the second 12 months. 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 attend and successfully complete the two day, 16 hour, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permit class again, and submit a new Firearm Permit Application form. It takes approximately three to six weeks to receive the new Firearms Permit. The duplicate license with the new caliber is $25.

11) I was denied a Firearm Permit. When can I reapply? 
You can complete the two day, 16 hours class, 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 $25.


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