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Armed & Unarmed

What are the differences between armed and unared Guards

Armed carries a gun or weapon of some type. The legal requirements for an armed guard is lot more stringent than for a non armed guard. See info below.

Both wear uniforms
Both have firearms permit and carry guns
Both use Batons
Both use OC spray Both use handcuffs
Both drive vehicles (security officer drives company security vehicle)
Both ride Segways
Both are certified in CPR/First Aid/AED
Both are licensed, certified and trained!
Both carry wallet badges/patches ect.
Both receive some sort of benefits!
Both use hand held radios
Both do "report writing"

*Important note - A security officer only needs to renew his firearms permit every two years. A police officer needs to do it every six months.
*Security officers outnumber police 3 to 1 in the U.S.
*Security officers are always the first responders to an incident

So what are the main underlining differences?

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent legal alien status.
  2. Pass a 14 hour training course in the carrying and use of firearms.
  3. Submit a firearm permit application, pay the $80 application fee, and submit a Security Guard Registration w/Firearm Permit Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan site operator. A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and $19 FBI fingerprint processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.

The firearm training course is 8 hours of classroom training, and 6 hours on the firing range.

The training course covers the following subjects:

  • Moral and Legal Aspects
  • Firearms Terminology
  • Weapon Handling and Shooting Fundamentals
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Range Training

The course must be given by a Bureau-certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau-certified training facility, and you will complete a written and range exam at the end of the course.

Please note that you are allowed to apply for guard registration and a firearm permit at the same time, for a total fee of $219.

You may not carry a gun on duty without having been issued a firearm permit by the Bureau. Also, a firearm permit issued by the Bureau does not authorize you to carry a concealed weapon. You may not carry a concealed weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by local authorities, nor carry a caliber handgun not listed on your firearm permit.


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Secure Task

6016 Fallbrook ave #202A
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Tel : 818-703-6300
Cell: 323-275-9555
Toll: 866-283-5454
Fax: 866-611-9522

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Fully Insured and Bonded
State License# PPO 17618

Secure Task Security offers a wide array of services to its clients. Our security officers are professional and qualified to recognize the significance providing outstanding security services. They are trained in accordance with the rules and regulations provided by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.