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Old 12-20-2008, 11:41 AM
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I heard that when someone buys a new handgun here in california,they have to go through some sort of a handgun safety test,what does that test involve and where do you go to take it,is it hard?

What about used or consigned handguns do you have to do the same thing with them?
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I've had to do it twice and it was easy as hell. It only takes about 5 minutes and is no big deal. I think they charge some money though, but I can't remember how much.

If you can't pass it you need some firearms training or a serious dose of common sense.
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I've had to do it twice and it was easy as hell. It only takes about 5 minutes and is no big deal. I think they charge some money though, but I can't remember how much.

If you can't pass it you need some firearms training or a serious dose of common sense.
$25. It is valid for 5 years I think.
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Common sense questions. Brush up on CA gun laws and take the test.
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http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/hscsg.pdf
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According to the one in my wallet it is indeed 5 years.

And, well, if you can't pass it, I would be afraid to be at the range near you.
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Don't stress it its just another hoop we have to jump through
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I was told by City Arms when I took my test that the only people they've seen fail are those who don't speak a language that the test is available in.

I didn't read the booklet. I didn't watch the video. I flew through the test and got 100%. It's really easy.
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Same here. 100% on the first try with not study and no video watching. The questions are easy. Don't over-think them or stress out. They are common sense.

Four things to remember:
Your firearm is yours and you are responsible for it no matter who has it. (Unless it still stolen and you report it as such)
The age for purchase.
Places you cannot bring the firearm. (schools).
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I'm looking through the study guide right now for the hell of it. Anybody know like a practice test for it? I know you guys are saying its all common sense and stuff but i'm afraid there may be some technicalities non-gun people might not know. I know a friend who is interested in buying a firearm soon so i wanted to send him some material.

Edit: I found that there are practice tests at the end of the chapter haha.

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It is worth reading this http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/hscsg.pdf document. I read through it once and then drove to City Arms to order my gun. I took the test and got 100%. Most are common sense but you have nothing to lose by familiarizing yourself with exactly what they want you to be able to answer. The guy at City Arms looked genuinely surprised and said "wow, you got 100%!" Or maybe he thought I looked like a retard and was going to miss some questions, I dunno, LOL.
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OMG!

The test is so easy the questions are almost as lame as, "it is unsafe to look
in the barrel while: 1.firing, 2. cleaning, 3. storing your weapon?"

Yep that easy.
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The Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) test is indeed quite easy. The only people I've seen fail the test (miss more than 7 out of 30!) are those who truly shouldn't own a gun. People have tried to argue with me that it's ok to shoot someone for trespassing. OK, I'll certainly stay off their lawns!

The other "test" that is required to acquire a handgun is the Safe Handling Demonstration Affidavit. This is a practical test of safe gun handling skills, where you make sure the handgun is unloaded, then you load it with a dummy round, then safely unload it. It is amazing how many people cannot pass this test on the first try, despite the prepwork I give. The most common mistake is pointing the gun at someone during the test. I will fail someone if they can't pass this test after three tries, because if a person can't load or unload a weapon without pointing the gun at me, I don't want them to have a gun.
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Hardest question was how old do you need to be to buy a handgun in California...
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If you're going to a shop to take the test, call first to see if they have the cards. There has recently been a run on them, and some dealers are out until the DOJ can send them more.

I wonder if there are grounds for challenging the law due to lack of cards = ban on new handgun sales.
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The state isn't short on them, it's just that some dealers didn't order more in time. They didn't expect the rush of new guns being bought.

You can sue your dealer but it would be like a lawsuit because he sold out of stock of something.
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If you can tie your shoes, breathe, read english(sort of) and walk upright(debatable) then it should be a cake walk.
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I actually saw a person who failed the HSC test. Has anyone else?
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I actually saw a person who failed the HSC test. Has anyone else?
Yep, but I worked at a shop so, I've seen lots of people take the test.

Another thing: What video? I never new they had one. Is it an official DOJ release?
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OMG!

The test is so easy the questions are almost as lame as, "it is unsafe to look
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Yep that easy.
WHich one was it?
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Yep, but I worked at a shop so, I've seen lots of people take the test.

Another thing: What video? I never new they had one. Is it an official DOJ release?
People working at a gun shop are excluded from this question by default, they see too much
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I actually saw a person who failed the HSC test. Has anyone else?
That person you saw is the worlds only living brain donor.







You sure that wasn't a dog taking the test for it's drunk owner........naw a dog can't be that stupid.............well they do lick their butts.
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That person you saw is the worlds only living brain donor.

Don't think I'd want that one if I were getting a transplant. Would the recipient change his/her name to Abbey Normal?
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Another thing: What video? I never new they had one. Is it an official DOJ release?
It's a DOJ release. Look on the DOJ HSC Supply Order Form, 2nd item down, HSC English and Spanish Language Video, $5.00. I got one with my original HSC Instructor's stuff, I don't even remember if I had to order it or it was just in there. This was in 2003 when they switched to the "Forever" BFSC to the 5 years HSC.
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a) get all handgun purchases out of the way
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c) don't renew it and see how long I can go without it
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I heard that when someone buys a new handgun here in california,they have to go through some sort of a handgun safety test,what does that test involve and where do you go to take it,is it hard?

What about used or consigned handguns do you have to do the same thing with them?
The test is easy, as everyone has stated it's just common sense. Sometimes it will look like there can be more than one answer....pick the BEST possible answer, and you'll ace it.

Edit to add...My cousin took this test last week at the spur of the moment and she is totally new to all the gun stuff, she followed my advice and missed one. The question about the safety being absolute got her.
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Mine expires in 2009...
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c) don't renew it and see how long I can go without it
Bro, I understand that c) just your principle talking but just take the damn test again. But why risk getting in trouble, consider as paying "good citizen" donation/tax.
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Bro, I understand that c) just your principle talking but just take the damn test again. But why risk getting in trouble, consider as paying "good citizen" donation/tax.
Unless you're going to be in possession of handguns that were loaned to you, or plan on buying more handguns, you don't need a HSC. You don't need an HSC to possess handguns that are already registered to/owned by you.
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Not trying to hijack but do we need a HSC if we want to rent and try different handguns at a range? Also...once passing this "test", are we immediately issued a card or is it one of those 3-6 month wait ordeals?

I ask this because I am less than a year away until I turn 21 and I would like to try a few different handguns before making a purchase.

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Not trying to hijack but do we need a HSC if we want to rent and try different handguns at a range? Also...once passing this "test", are we immediately issued a card or is it one of those 3-6 month wait ordeals?

I ask this because I am less than a year away until I turn 21 and I would like to try a few different handguns before making a purchase.

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Donít worry about it. They told me they have never had anyone fail at the shop I was at. 5 min. $25 I got 100% and had never even seen the thing before.
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Bro, I understand that c) just your principle talking but just take the damn test again. But why risk getting in trouble, consider as paying "good citizen" donation/tax.
Never took it, never will.







But then again the retired Military I.D. get me out of ever having to.

Really stupid if I say so myself. Just because the Military made you shoot an M-16 for a couple of hours 30 years ago means you automatically know handgun safety? I have worked with some people in the Air Force whom I would rather have holding a baseball bat in a firefight than let them be anywhere near a firearm. If they can get a gun without an HSC then everyone should be able to.
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Bro, I understand that c) just your principle talking but just take the damn test again. But why risk getting in trouble, consider as paying "good citizen" donation/tax.
Not sure about all gun shops, but the one I go to doesn't charge you to renew it. Pay $25 once and renew it every 5 years for the same $25.
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I'm studying right now for my license.
$25 for two tries. You have 24 hours if you don't pass to try it again.
You can pick up the study guide for .50 or the video for $5.00.
Or watch it on YouTube free. There are two parts to the video.
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Honestly, i'm not sure how i feel about people being able to retake the HSC test. If you fail it - you are one of those few people that - as much as it pains me to say it - might want to consider stamp collecting (and i don't mean NFA stamps!).

The test I took literally had a question along the lines of
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Sadly, people DO fail this test...
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The Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) test is indeed quite easy. The only people I've seen fail the test (miss more than 7 out of 30!) are those who truly shouldn't own a gun. People have tried to argue with me that it's ok to shoot someone for trespassing. OK, I'll certainly stay off their lawns!

The other "test" that is required to acquire a handgun is the Safe Handling Demonstration Affidavit. This is a practical test of safe gun handling skills, where you make sure the handgun is unloaded, then you load it with a dummy round, then safely unload it. It is amazing how many people cannot pass this test on the first try, despite the prepwork I give. The most common mistake is pointing the gun at someone during the test. I will fail someone if they can't pass this test after three tries, because if a person can't load or unload a weapon without pointing the gun at me, I don't want them to have a gun.
You forgot to mention that the "test-weapon" is the one being purchased.



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I'm studying right now for my license.
$25 for two tries. You have 24 hours if you don't pass to try it again.
You can pick up the study guide for .50 or the video for $5.00.
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Click here to watch part one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0eHOOiwtQU

part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szgip9K8Y6c

I will post after I take the test!!
Good luck to everyone.
Good luck to you. Just think common-sense-safety and you'll be fine.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:52 PM
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I am a new resident to CA as of last April.

The HSC is indeed mostly common sense. Anyone who has been around firearms can easily pass the test.

I didn't miss a single question, however, I did read the HSC Guide Book (download the .pdf for free at the CA DOJ website) before I took the test just to make sure there weren't any weird questions.

I recommend reading the book to new residents because it explains about Private Party Transfers. I did not know a citizen could not sell a long gun to another citizen without going through an FFL. I knew the restriction was in place for handguns for some reason but not long guns.

Other than the PPT stuff I don't think any of the questions weren't about firearm safety.
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Not trying to hijack but do we need a HSC if we want to rent and try different handguns at a range? Also...once passing this "test", are we immediately issued a card or is it one of those 3-6 month wait ordeals?

I ask this because I am less than a year away until I turn 21 and I would like to try a few different handguns before making a purchase.

-Vinny
At the range I go to, you do not need to have the HSC in order to rent. If you aren't a member of the range, you do need to have another shooter with you to rent (suicide prevention). This is at the range I go to, other ranges may have different rules.

And yes, you are issued the HSC card immediately. It is just a little paper card that is filled out. It is supposed to last five years, so it is a good idea to laminate it or keep it in a picture pocket in your wallet.
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