Off-Duty LEO - California - Concealed Carry Questions

Hello everyone,

I’m a new LEO in the Central Valley in California and had some questions regarding carrying off-duty as an LEO. I’ve done some searches but they seem to get lost in similar topics that aren’t a match, or different states, etc…

As a CCW permit holder and a sworn officer:

  1. I’ve learned that we can carry magazines with more than 10 rounds. However, do we need to carry our LEO identification in case we’re stopped and the issue comes up? (Based on a starting point of being a law-abiding citizen, they’re not going to check magazine capacity.)

  2. Do other LEOs carry their work identification on them while off-duty? I’ve heard the incidents of LEOs being killed because they were found to be an LEO.

  3. Where do I find a list of counties we can’t carry in? As an LEO, are we still unable to carry off-duty in counties such as San Francisco and Los Angeles? Are there other counties where we must have firearms locked away while traveling in the county?

Getting answers to those 3 questions would be good to start. Thanks!


@Louis75 Welcome to our community, we are glad to have you here. :us:
I would think those very specific to your area questions would be best answered by your immediate supervisor or your FTO.


That is true, I hadn’t thought about that. I am surprised by the number of officers who don’t carry off duty despite knowing what is out there. So some individuals I know aren’t going to have those answers. But I can think of a couple. I’ll have to share what I find out next week. Thanks.


Yaaa… That kind of blows my mind to. Please share and thank you.


Welcome to the family Louis75.


I suggest you ask your supervisor in your agency and contact the California Rifle and Pistol Association. Also, suggest you join CRPA because it does a lot of good work protecting your rights.


@Mike270 VIEW 3 HIDDEN REPLIES That’s how I know it’s you so I don’t have to read your inane topics or posts. :rofl:


ha ha ha

Okay, getting back to this topic here. I checked with my supervisors as well as someone from the District Attorney’s office. Both lead off with… “I’m not an attorney so this isn’t legal advice…”

The general consensus from our Central Valley county in CA is that:

  1. Carrying your LE wallet badge was a good idea.
  2. And added level of security was making use of the DMV Confidentiality Form available through the department.
  3. I didn’t get any firm info about carrying in other counties. I did hear that as a LEO, and having a CCW permit, (at least in our county) we would be just fine it we carried on or around a school campus. Whether that would be okay in other counties I have no idea without reaching out to their local agencies to see what their response is.

Thoughts on other counties anyone?


As a retired Leo I suggest you google a bill HR 218 by Congress it also will cover you


It’s depressing to learn that active LEOs share Mr. Average Citizen’s concerns. :unamused:


LEOSA - Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act. My only issue with that law is that is creates another special class of citizens that we, as US citizens, are supposed to believe in a classless society.


Welcome to the family brother @Louis75 and you are in the right place at the right time. You will meet great people here and gain a lot of knowledge.

Happy anniversary @Norman10