Handgun safety is the law in California. Every handgunowner should understand and follow handgun safetypractices, have a basic familiarity with the operation andhandling of his/her handgun, and be fully aware of theresponsibility of handgun ownership. Pursuant to PenalCode section 12071 (b) any person who acquires ahandgun must have a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC),unless they are exempt from the HSC requirement. Inorder to obtain an HSC a person must pass a Departmentof Justice (DOJ) written test on handgun safety. The testis given by DOJ Certified Instructors, who are generallylocated at firearms dealerships.This study guide provides you with the basic handgunsafety information necessary to pass the test. Followingthe handgun safety information in this guide will alsohelp reduce the potential for accidental deaths andinjuries, particularly those involving children, causedby the unsafe handling and storing of handguns.Included in this study guide is a general summary of thelaws that govern the sale and use of firearms. A glossaryis also provided at the end of this study guide thatcontains definitions of the more technical terms used.Simply reading this study guide will not make you a safehandgun owner. To be a safe handgun owner you mustpractice the handgun safety procedures described in thefollowing pages.