New Armed Guard Permit Applications Will Require A Psychological Exam Starting 01/01/2018
Starting 01/01/2018 all new applicants for security officer firearms permits will have to undergo an added step, a psychological examination. The cost is borne by the applicant and add another barrier to entry into a job that often does not pay extremely well. The intent of the law is great, in practical application… not so much.
California already required each armed guard to shoot 50 rounds of each caliber permitted twice a year. Say the officer has four calibers listed on their permit. Four calibers at 50 rounds each, 200 rounds total. Add range costs, instructor costs, and supplies… you can easily spend $200.00 just to qualify each time, twice a year.
Making better security officers is great. Breaking their wallet to do so, not so much. California has killed many more cost effective training means and this is yet another. It’s already burdensome to spend $500 or so just to get your armed certification, after often waiting six plus months to actually receive your permit and get to work. Now we must add another couple hundred dollars to the cost? I’m sure this will do anything but speed up the process as well.
What if the psychologist does not approve of firearms in general? or just does not like the idea of this person carrying a firearm? What if the applicant passes with flying colors and then goes crazy? Who will we blame at that point.
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