Effective Jan. 1, 2015, CA State Law requires firearms buyers (unless exempted) to obtain the Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) prior to the transfer of a firearm. (Persons with a valid Handgun Safety Certificate may continue to use their HSC for handgun purchases up until the expiration date of their HSC.)
In order to obtain the FSC, you must pass a written test on firearm safety and laws as specified by CA State Law. The FSC test may be taken at all Defensive Strategies and Firearms, LLC locations; persons who successfully pass the test will be issued the FSC at the store.
Link to CA DOJ (Spanish) Link to CA DOJ(English)
The CA Dept. of Justice (DOJ) has published the study guide below as a means to prepare individuals to pass the FSC test. Click on the English or Spanish version to download a .pdf version of the study guide. (The DOJ no longer offers printed copies of the study guide.)