Colorado Gun Laws
Colorado gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy at the county level. Permits are not usually issued to non-residents however they may obtain a permit if they can demonstrate good cause such as owning a property in Colorado, frequent travel etc. All resident permits are issued by the local county sheriff while the Department of Public Safety handles applications for non-residents. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they are competent with handling a firearm.
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Colorado CCW Reciprocity
How Reciprocity Works in Colorado
Under Colorado law another state must honor Colorado's CCW permit before Colorado will honor the other states permit. Section CRS 18.12.213 of the law prevents Colorado from honoring any out-of-state Non-Resident permits, even if there is a reciprocity agreement between the states.
So in summary, if you have a resident permit from another state, and that state honors a Colorado permit and you are at least 21 years old, then Colorado will honor your out of state permit.
Colorado Reciprocity State's
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Colorado Handgun Permit
- Colorado CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
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- Colorado CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Demonstrates competence with a handgun.
- Is a legal resident of Colorado.
- Has not been convicted of perjury.
- Does not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages.
- Is not an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
- Is not subject to a protection order.
- Federal Law Requirements
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Colorado: Places Off-Limits for CCW
Places Off-Limits in Colorado
- Public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school
- Secure areas of airports
- Public buildings with fixed security checkpoints such as courthouses
- Snowmobile (permit for predator control required)
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Places Allowed in Colorado
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- School, if firearm is left in a locked vehicle.
- All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits
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Other Colorado Gun Laws
All private sales of firearms must be conducted through a federally licensed dealer so that a NCIS background check can be completed. The seller must also get approval from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to transfer ownership of firearms. There are a few exemptions such as antique firearms, loans or gifts from family members and transfers to trustees or estate executors.
Persons must be at least 18 years old to purchase a long gun and 21 to purchase handguns.
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2003 - Shall Issue
2012 - Campus Carry
2013 - Magazine Size
Colorado Concealed Carry Laws
Colorado Gun Laws To Know
YES – Without a permitIf you can lawfully possess a handgun you can carry it in a private vehicle loaded or unloaded, no permit required. Long guns must be unloaded while in a vehicle.
- Without a permit – you cannot carry on public transport such as a bus.
- With a permit – if you have a valid permit then you are legally entitled to carry a firearm on public transport.
YES/NO – with or Without a permit
Open carry is legal but there are exceptions. Without a permit you cannot carry on public transport. Also local governments can have regulations preventing open carry in certain buildings or areas. Denver has enacted such regulations banning open carry in the city, this was confirmed as legal in a court case.
NO – Must Inform Officer
Colorado concealed carry laws have no legal requirement for a person to tell law enforcement they are carrying a firearm. The law does state that you must carry your permit, together with valid photo identification, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun and shall produce both documents upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
NOColorado does not have constitutional carry.
YESIn Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
In Colorado carrying a firearm into an area that serves alcohol is legal provided the building is not posted with a “No Weapons” sign.
However, legal advice from lawyers advises persons not to carry in areas where alcohol is present. The risk of altercations are higher in these areas and even if you were in the right the mere presence of a gun will make such a case harder to defend. Furthermore, possessing a firearm while intoxicated could be another potential charge. So the advice is to leave your firearm in the car if entering an area alcohol is consumed.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES – CRS 18.12.214
- State/National Forests: YES – CRS 18.12.214
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – CRS 18.12.214
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Colorado concealed carry laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
(Art. II, § 13)
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Colorado CCW Contact
Boulder County Sheriff
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Address 5600 Flatiron Parkway
CityBoulder, CO 80301
Phone (303) 441-3994