I lived there from 1968-1996. I was a Special Operations Marine over 4 years and Navy E.O.D....I couldn’t get a CCP to save my life and I tried everything in San Diego County-“May issue!” Sheriff and his political cronies are ALWAYS anti gun....then no permit. Your rich or seriously politically connected...still a hard maybe!
Tell him to move to TN. “The Land of Shooting Stuff!”
I had a C&R (Curio and Relic) FFL years ago. I just filled out the paperwork and mailed it in. It's not like applying for a full-on FFL where you need business hours, a place to do business, etc. It might be different these days. Especially when CA can add state and municipal restrictions.
I turned in my bound book after a year when the feds increased the yearly renewal fee to $300.
I know what everybody is saying. I hate the thought of my guns ending up in California myself to be honest. I have had a C&R, 03, FFL for many years. It is still $30.00 for 3 years. I didn't have to jump through hoops in PA to get or use it. I find it very beneficial.
I had my carry licence in Cal for years. It all depends on your location. It will probably be pricey no matter where you are at. I think I had about $300 invested in fees. I hape your son ends up in one of the more favorable jurisdictions.