Chapter 3. Permits of California Penal Code >> Division 11. >> Title 3. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 3.
The Department of Justice may issue a permit for the
possession and transportation of tear gas or a tear gas weapon that
is not intended or certified for personal self-defense purposes, upon
proof that good cause exists for issuance of the permit to the
applicant. The permit may also allow the applicant to install,
maintain, and operate a protective system involving the use of tear
gas or a tear gas weapon in any place that is accurately and
completely described in the permit application.
(a) An application for a permit shall satisfy all of the
(1) It shall be filed in writing.
(2) It shall be signed by the applicant if an individual, or by a
member or officer qualified to sign if the applicant is a firm or
(3) It shall state the applicant's name, business in which
engaged, business address, and a full description of the place or
vehicle in which the tear gas or tear gas weapon is to be
transported, kept, installed, or maintained.
(b) If the tear gas or tear gas weapon is to be used in connection
with, or to constitute, a protective system, the application shall
also contain the name of the person who is to install the protective
(c) Applications and permits shall be uniform throughout the state
upon forms prescribed by the Department of Justice.
(a) Each applicant for a permit shall pay, at the time of
filing the application, a fee determined by the Department of
Justice, not to exceed the application processing costs of the
Department of Justice.
(b) A permit granted pursuant to this chapter may be renewed one
year from the date of issuance, and annually thereafter, upon the
filing of a renewal application and the payment of a permit renewal
fee, not to exceed the application processing costs of the Department
(c) After the department establishes fees sufficient to reimburse
the department for processing costs, fees charged shall increase at a
rate not to exceed the legislatively approved annual cost-of-living
adjustments for the department's budget.
(a) Notwithstanding Section 23000, a bank, a savings and
loan association, a credit union, or an industrial loan company that
maintains more than one office or branch may make a single annual
application for a permit.
(b) In addition to the requirements set forth in this chapter, an
application under this section shall separately state the business
address and a full description of each office or branch in which the
tear gas or tear gas weapon is to be kept, installed, or maintained.
Any location addition or deletion as to an office or branch shall be
reported to the department within 60 days of the change.
(c) A single permit issued under this section shall allow for the
possession, operation, and maintenance of tear gas at each office or
branch named in the application, including any location change.
Every person, firm, or corporation to whom a permit is
issued shall either carry the permit upon the person or keep it in
the place described in the permit. The permit shall be open to
inspection by any peace officer or other person designated by the
authority issuing the permit.
A permit issued in accordance with this chapter may be
revoked or suspended by the issuing authority at any time when it
appears that the need for the possession or transportation of the
tear gas or tear gas weapon or protective system involving the use
thereof, has ceased, or that the holder of the permit has engaged in
an unlawful business or occupation or has wrongfully made use of the
tear gas or tear gas weapon or the permit issued.