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Can a California Private Investigator carry a gun?



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Yes, but being a Private Investigator does not automatically mean you can strap one on. If you are a licensed Private Investigator you must still obtain a permit to carry an exposed weapon from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, and you may carry a weapon only when you are on duty. Most PI's in California do not carry a gun however,if you specialize in bodyguard work, you may need to carry one. In order to carry a concealed weapon, you must first obtain a gun permit issued by your local police or sheriff's department.