Colorado Gun Laws

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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.

Colorado CCW Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Colorado CCW Reciprocity

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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.

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Colorado Handgun Permit

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

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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
  • Vehicle
  • School, if firearm is left in a locked vehicle.
  • All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits

Pointers: Colorado CCW

Lawyer - Do not enter bar with a gun
Open carry in Colorado

Other Colorado Gun Laws

Private Sales
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.

Dealer Sales
Persons must be at least 18 years old to purchase a long gun and 21 to purchase handguns.

History Of Colorado Gun Laws

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Learn Colorado's Gun History

2003

In 2003 Colorado changes its gun policy from May Issue to Shall Issue.

2012

March 2012 sees the Colorado Supreme Court strike down the campus gun ban imposed by the University of Colorado stating the ban violated the Concealed Carry Act.

2013

In July 2013 a new law is enacted that restricts magazine sizes to 15 rounds and requires background checks on all private gun sales.

Colorado Concealed Carry Laws

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Colorado state capitol building

Colorado Gun Laws To Know

YES - Without a permit
If 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. Public Transport
  • 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.

The Law
18.12.204

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.

The Law
18.12.204
YES/NO - with or Without a permit

Open carry is legal with a few 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.

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29-11.7-704
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“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.

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In 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.

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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
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Colorado does not have constitutional carry.

“The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”
(Art. II, § 13)
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Colorado Off-Limit Statutes

Other Colorado CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Colorado CCW FAQ's

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Colorado CCW Contact

Boulder County Sheriff

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Address 5600 Flatiron Parkway

CityBoulder, CO 80301

Phone (303) 441-3994

Email jbiekert@bouldercounty.org

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  4. I am looking to move to Colorado from TN. My question is I own a few magazines that are over 15 rounds. Am I allowed to legally own the magazines when I move CO or do I need to leave them in Tennessee.

    1. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      It is my understanding as a fifteen-year resident of the state of Colorado that importing so-called “large capacity magazines” (over fifteen rounds) or magazines “readily convertible” (whatever that means) to “LCMs” into the state for purposes of resident ownership is illegal; other purposes for bringing them into the state may also be illegal, and I have no particular knowledge of those cases, though I have my suspicions about how they’d work out. My further understanding is that the burden of proof is on law enforcement and the prosecutor to prove you are in violation of the magazine capacity law, but that should be relatively easy to establish for cases where it’s easily proven you moved to Colorado since 2013, so keep that in mind.

      In your position, I would probably just choose somewhere else to move. If I find myself interested in purchasing another firearm with large capacity magazines, and have the budget set aside to do so, I will probably hasten my vague plans to move out of Colorado “some day” at that point, but for now I am willing to be lazy about moving because all my kit is grandfathered in and I have other large purchases on my list first.

      I keep looking at Montana. Montana looks nice. I think TN also has a version of the Firearms Freedom Act, which Colorado lacks, and that’s another nice thing.

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  6. whats a high capacity magazine? does this mean i can get in trouble for my 30 round magazines?

    1. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      My understanding is that any magazine over a 15 round capacity is a “large capacity magazine”. If you already owned your magazines in Colorado prior to 2013, those should be grandfathered in, as far as I’m aware, so those would be legal as long as they remain in the possession of the last person who owned them before 2013. If you acquire 16+ round magazines (yes, including those thirties of yours) after 2013, those are not legal as far as I’m aware. It’s usually a bad idea to discuss owning illegal things online, so be careful what you say, but take note of what you own, when you acquired it, when it entered the state of Colorado, and how provable things are. Be careful. Talk to a lawyer if in doubt.

  7. Curious about wearing a mask that’s required in many cities and open carrying my fire arm, is it legal?

  8. I’m trying to figure out if openly carrying a handgun is legal or not if your not 21 the gun is clean registered and good to go just not sure if I’m going to end up getting into trouble

  9. I am curious to the truth of something I havr heard, you cannot have a a firearm in the proximity of cannabis? Is this a true statement? I ask as I am a 100% HONORABLY and medically retired Army/Iraq combat wounded veteran who uses cannabis as my MUCH NEEDED medication but I would GREATLY ENJOY owning a firearm without breaking the law. Thank you

    1. I don’t think you can own a gun with a medical marijuana user. According to a criminal attorney’s website, it states, “Federal law bans both medical and recreational marijuana users from owning or buying firearms or ammunition. As a marijuana user in Colorado, you could be charged with a weapons crime if you own or purchase a gun.” It also states, “Illegal drug users. The federal Gun Control Act prohibits individuals who are unlawful users of or addicted to any controlled substance. Since federal law trumps Colorado law in this situation, this bars Colorado medical and recreational marijuana users from owning a firearm even though marijuana use has been legalized in our state.”

  10. I live in CO and have for over a year, but I still have my TX DL. I have a CO state ID, is that enough for private sales in CO? Or do I have to obtain a CO DL?

  11. Is it legal to carry a pistol in my holster and another pistol in my backpack?

  12. So how old would you have to be to purchase a handgun through a private party? Could you be above the age of 18 but under the age of 21?

  13. Can you purchase a handgun in the state of Wyoming if you are a Colorado resident? If so what do you need to bring/do before hand?

  14. If Missouri doesn’t have a concealed and carry law. Do I need a concealed and carry permit for Colorado

  15. In hotel/motel where there is a bar that is not open all hours, can i carry during the hours the bar is not open?.

  16. How many guns may I open carry? (my western rig has two holsters for my SA Rugers, thinking of using it for open carry)

  17. I live in New Mexico but I travel to colorado often would I be allowed to open carry or would I have to get a concealed to carry

  18. I have magazines with capacity of 10 and 15 rounds for my 9mm handgun, are these legal in Colorado??

  19. Can a one time convicted Felon from North Dakota (Deferred Imposition of sentence -Dismissed 1987) living in Colorado since 1986 pass a NICS background check, purchase 14 firearms from Colorado dealers, 2 Suppressors from Colorado dealers with tax stamps and receive a CCW in Colorado?

    1. Let me clarify-I have already purchased the items stated above by going through Colorado dealers legally.

  20. I am an Arkansas CCW permit holder and I will be desperate camping in National Forest for 2 or 3 months this fall. CO laws are confusing. I understand CO does not accept my permit. Ok, what is my legal status to open carry for animal defense while camping or hiking the mountains

  21. The information above for Colorado is a bit misleading in regards to no weapons signage. But any privately owned property may post No Weapons signage and it has to be honored by all persons including CCW holders. An individual or entities right to prohibit weapons shall not be prohibited. CRS 18-12-214 part (5) Nothing in this part 2 shall be construed to limit, restrict, or prohibit in any manner the existing rights of a private property owner, private tenant, private employer, or private business entity. This is of importance to locations such as hospitals, stadiums, etc.

    1. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      My understanding is that there are no firearms laws relating to signage that would prevent you from carrying on private property where it is legal to carry without signage. On the other hand, there are laws against trespass, and it is possible (just my estimation) that you could end up in trouble with the law for trespassing depending on the signage and your choice to ignore what the sign says. It is also possible that, until someone asks you to leave for acting in violation of the sign, you are not actually trespassing, and thus can only get in trouble (for trespassing) once asked to leave, if it is a public-access location, and the purpose of the sign is then (legally) to ensure you have no recourse to challenge the request to leave in a court of law — but, again, that’s just my understanding, which may be mistaken.

      It is also possible, though, that if there are any “enhancement” charges that can be added to the commission of a crime for carrying a weapon during the criminal act in question, and if those enhancements are applicable to trespass, that might mean that you will end up with a weapons-related charge IF you are carrying and IF there is signage prohibiting carry of a firearm and IF you are asked to leave. Then again, maybe it’s worse than that. Ask a lawyer if you want to be sure.

      The upshot is that both this website and you can be sharing correct (but incomplete) information at the same time, except for the part where you say the site’s information is incorrect. On the other hand, maybe I just misunderstand how the laws interact (I’m not a lawyer, after all), because laws are complicated, bureaucratic, abominable things that rarely work in court the way they were supposedly intended by legislators and their constituents. For more specifics, talk to a lawyer. Seriously.

      In general, just try to avoid going places where they have signs prohibiting firearms, or places (like the post office) where it’s generally considered illegal by federal law.

  22. Hi. I am new to Colorado and want to bring a couple of my late father’s rifles here. How would I go about doing that? Thanks in advance

  23. Is it illegal to carry my handgun in my backpack if it doesn’t have bullet in chamber but clip is in gun with bullets in clip

    1. as a CCW holder? of any state? Sounds like a concealed weapon to me. Get the CCW

    2. Do you mean “Magazine”? You should take a gun safety course to learn the correct terminology, and get a concealed license before carrying in your backpack. They explain all the laws you will encounter.

      1. Just curious about who made this technical terminology and why do people care

        1. The terminology was developed primarily by engineers and gunsmiths who design and construct firearms for a living, often in service of the government for military purposes or in employment by private contractors servicing military contracts. The technical terminology is important for ensuring that people are referring to the same things when discussing parts of a firearm, the operation of firearms, and matters of safe and proper handling and maintenance of firearms. There is such a thing as a firearm “clip”, and the firearms I have encountered that use “clips” require insertion of the clip into a fixed (non-detachable) “magazine”, or use the clip as a guide for insertion of cartridges into the magazine. Most modern firearm designs that use magazines employ detachable magazines, and do not employ clips.

          Apart from caring for purposes of ensuring people are talking about the same things when discussing firearms in various contexts, and the potential for inconvenient (and possibly consequence-laden) misunderstandings in a court of law, people also care about correct terminology because it helps people identify each other as more or less knowledgeable firearms users, which is sometimes also useful. Sometimes, it’s because some people just like to feel superior to others, too, but for all the rest of the reasons you should probably make some effort to learn the correct terms anyway. It really can matter for reasons other than just showing off.

  24. What is the law to transport guns that are not in your name, cross state lines from New Mexico to Colorado.

    1. Colorado does not register the guns, but the dealers and sellers may have a record (they are supposed to legally). So if the gun is in your possession then it can be yours (or someone else’s). It’s just a gun. Also, running guns across state lines is not a good idea (legally speaking). Private gun sales happen all the time between law abiding individuals. Gifts are given. Stay safe.

  25. My son purchased a hand gun for his girl friend and she passed the back ground check and now they are broke up and she does not want the gun. She wants him to get the gun out of her name and put the gun in his name. How do you go about doing that?

    1. Colorado does not register the guns, but the dealers and sellers may have a record. So if the gun is in your possession then it can be yours or someone else’s. It’s just a gun.

    2. Print a firearm bill of sale and have both parties sign and retain a copy.

      1. Both replies are incorrect.

        Colorado

        Colorado passed several restrictive gun laws making traditional private party gun transfers illegal. In most situations, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) must be involved. There are several exceptions where a gun owner could use Gun Transfer to transfer their firearm. Below are the requirements for transfer with Gun Transfer:
        The firearm is a bona fide gift between immediate family members (Spouses, Parents, Children, Siblings, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, First Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles).
        The transfer is necessary because of the death of a person and the Transferor is an executor, administrator, or trustee of an estate or trust created by a will.
        Users must be 18 or older for rifle and shotgun transfers and 21 years old or older for handgun transfers.
        The firearm cannot include large-capacity ammunition magazines (more than 15 rounds). Some exceptions apply such as 22 rifles – see House Bill 13-1224 for additional details.

  26. Looking to leave IL in the next few years and move to CO. I am wondering what is legally required regarding CO and registration of firearms.

    1. Colorado law forbids the registration of a firearm so you do not have to register any firearms. It only requires you to obtain a concealed firearms permit if carrying concealed otherwise state law does allow for open carry where it is not federally prohibited or in the case of the City of Denver which prohibits open carrying. You are allowed possess a loaded handgun (pistol or revolver) in your car but any long guns (rifle or shotgun) must be unloaded at all times while transporting

      The transfer of a magazine over 15 rounds is prohibited but possession is perfectly legal. Other than that, the laws are the same as any Federal Laws

      1. Paul, if I move to Colorado and own 30 round mags for my AR, I may bring them with me, possess them but could never transfer them, correct?

        1. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

          Now that’s out of the way:

          My understanding is that the law prohibits not only transfer but also transport into the state from out of state (other than special circumstances, perhaps, such as having a federal firearms license). I may be mistaken, but my understanding is that you should not get yourself caught importing 30-round magazines into the state of Colorado as a private owner establishing residence in the state.

  27. My employer prohibits firearms on their property. In Colorado am I allowed to keep a firearm in my locked private vehicle while parked on their property (parking lot)?

  28. Hello. I am a Colorado resident with a Colorado, weld county issued concealed carry permit. I am an avid gun collector and own an assault rifle . I currently live in Thornton/Adams county where the assault rifle is stored. I am a law-abiding citizen. If I move to Denver county and take the assault rifle with me, what would happen? If I store it in my home, and only transport it for shooting purposes to ranges, what are the risks and or implications of owning that they are all living in Denver County? What if I were able to list my address as a summit county home? If I take this route, how do I register the gun at the summit county address?

    1. What do you consider an “Assault” rifle. If it is like an AR15, that is NOT an assault rifle, it is a semi-automatic. Assault weapons are fully automatic and Illegal to own.

    2. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      I’m afraid I don’t have the answers to your questions about Denver. I mostly just avoid Denver County altogether, except when passing through (e.g. on the interstate), if I’m doing anything with firearms other than carrying concealed in accordance with state law.

      I think it is worth point out that your use of terminology in the wrong context might attract unwanted legal attention. I suspect what you own is a semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine and some other relevant traits that politicians insist on calling “assault weapons” for propaganda purposes. It is a confusing term, because it means something different in every place where politicians choose to pass laws related to “assault weapons”. Thus, an assault weapon is any weapon defined as an “assault weapon” by the law, in the jurisdiction where that law applies. Whether or not your firearm is an “assault weapon” is a matter of law, and something you’ll have to determine on your own, but the probability is very high that if you have an AR-15, AR-10, FN FAL, or AK47, you have an “assault weapon”. Check with local assault weapon legislation to be sure, then check that legislation to see whether any of the things you describe are legal there.

      The term “assault rifle”, on the other hand, is a technical term. An assault rifle is a select-fire rifle chambered for use with an intermediate rifle cartridge. The 5.56mm NATO cartridge used in the AR-15 and M16 is an intermediate rifle cartridge. The civilian AR-15 rifle (“AR” is short for “Armalite Rifle”, where Armalite created the design for this rifle), as a semi-automatic rifle, is not an assault rifle. The US military issued M16 in various models is a select-fire rifle with both a semi-automatic selector position and a fully automatic fire selector position (either of the sort that fires until out of ammunition if you hold the trigger long enough, or a restricted form of automatic fire that fires three round bursts with each trigger pull). These M16 rifles are actual assault rifles.

      If you speak of bringing an assault rifle into Denver, you are more likely to draw unwanted attention from people for potentially doing something illegal than if you speak of bringing an “assault weapon” into Denver. For this reason, I recommend you remember which is which, and use them accordingly, in the future.

      I’m sorry I don’t have specific information about the particulars of your specific questions, but I suspect that at least some of what you wish to do in Denver with an AR-15 or equivalent firearm that might be considered an “assault weapon” may be illegal acts there. Good luck getting a better answer to your specific questions.

  29. I am a CCL permit holder in Illinois and since Colorado does not have Reciprocity With Illinois can I still have a handgun in my vehicle loaded ?

    1. yes (as long as another criterion does not disqualify you from carrying the weapon). Doesn’t matter what state your from. If you are in Colorado, you can have the handgun concealed in your vehicle. It’s also not necessary to notify a LEO if stopped for traffic; consider it optional.
      Seems weird for out of staters, but laws is laws.

  30. I’ll be traveling through Colorado in October 2019. How or what do I need to do to travel through this state legally with my 2 hand guns?

    1. It tells you on this page… you can have a firearm or two in your personal vehicle, wherever you want keep them and you need not tell anyone especially police if you are stopped for traffic infractions etc. Firearms can be loaded. Rifles cannot have a chambered round if you are hunting with a hunting license and admit you are hunting to any officer. Denver City & County has restrictions about loaded weapons but simply keep them in glove box, trunk or any place hidden. Never answer any questions a n officer asks anywhere in the USA! Best advice is keep them out of anyone’s view.

  31. I know someone that has dv charges and violation of protection order charges and he owns a long gun. He asked someone to hold on to it for him when he was
    foreclosed on and had to move. He is now asking to have that firearm back. What laws are there in this situation?

    1. Giving a weapon to a knowen prohibited person is a crime. Period. You can continue to hold the weapon untill they get their legal status changed, or surrender the weapon to law enforcement. You could purchase the weapon. At least that way they are reimbursed for the weapon. I can assure if law enforcement had taken the weapon because he lost the right to own it they wouldn’t pay him for it. Last option you can give the weapon to a person that the original owner designates assuming that person isn’t prohibited. I would recommend you go through an FFL so there is no question about the transfers legality.

  32. Can you loan a firearm to a convicted felon for personal use? If that firearm was used in a violent crime can you be charged with loaning the firearm to the felon?

  33. I am a Missouri resident and will be traveling in Colorado soon. Being that Missouri is a Constitutional Carry state, I do not have a permit. If I’m understanding this correctly, I will be allowed to carry in my vehicle but not on my person w/o having a Colorado permit. Is that correct?

    1. Yes I called and verified carrying requirements for Colorado with the state patrol before my trip to Colorado on March 8th 2019. To legally carry on your person you must have a concealed carry permit from Missouri if you are a Missouri resident

  34. I have a Utah nonresident I have a Pennsylvania non resident concealed carry permit I have a New York Sportsmens resident permit can I pass through Colorado spending a night and then moving on

    1. in your vehicle, yes. if you sleep in your vehicle, yes. If you exit the vehicle and CC, then you are walking on hot lava. Likelihood of a problem? low. Likelihood of LEOs and judges not caring about the likelihood if you have to use it? HIGH

  35. Is it true that in some counties of colorado you cannot have a round in the chamber when concealed carrying with permit?

    1. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      Be careful in the Denver area. Aurora is not in Denver County, as far as I’m aware. I think Denver municipality and Denver County have exactly the same borders — at least very nearly the same. Aurora is a distinct municipality, with its own regulations. Denver is, as far as I’m aware, the only place in Colorado that has effective “assault weapon” laws, though there was something going on in Boulder that might also be relevant; I haven’t really kept up on the legal insanity in Boulder, where the law was evidently written by children. (This is opinion, not legal advice.)

      In any case, if you cross into Denver County and the municipal jurisdiction of the City of Denver, the laws regarding your possession and transport of an AR-15 can suddenly change on you. Aurora should be okay for the situation you described, assuming it is an otherwise federally legal, non-NFA-quirky rifle, and as long as you are not importing 16+ round capacity magazines into Colorado.

      That’s just my understanding. Refer back to my disclaimer paragraph for details about how to treat everything I say about the law.

  36. So… in places where alcohol is present and it says, “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…”

    If altercations are higher, and someone doesn’t care about the law, and they have a gun, someone who abides by the law is defenseless. Oh, got it, makes sense to me…………….

    1. Something to think about here is that the person owning the bar may be much quicker to call the cops on someone with a gun if they are any what suspicious and/or tipsy (with or without sign). I think the legal advice is sound. If you do not feel safe in a bar without a gun, best to get some friends at your house and get drunk there.

    2. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Even if I was a lawyer (but I’m not), I would not be YOUR lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, seek the counsel of a legal professional. Please do not do something dangerous, illegal, or unethical and claim I told you it was a good idea. All those things are probably really bad ideas. Act at your own risk. Don’t sue me; I will fight back in court.

      Now that’s out of the way:

      Lawyers are in the business of giving legal advice, not life advice. “How should I avoid getting killed at a bar, assuming I will be at the bar anyway?” is a request for life advice. “How should I avoid getting in trouble with the law while at a bar?” is legal advice. It’s possible a lawyer could be disbarred for advising you to carry a concealed weapon in a bar, and it’s thus perfectly rational for the lawyer to advise against it, especially considering most lawyers probably consider the risk to your quality of life from a legal perspective if you carry is greater than the risk to your quality of life from a health perspective if you do not carry. (Remember as well that, to a lawyer, if a client goes to prison for a few years that lawyer has probably lost a client, and if a client goes to the hospital for a month that lawyer probably still has a client.)

      Speaking personally, if a bar seems to present a greater-than-usual danger of altercations, I just don’t go there anyway. I also don’t drink. You can probably figure out the rest of my attitude about when I would or wouldn’t carry from that.

  37. I’m from Florida and I have a permit from Florida can I buy a hand gun in the state of Colorado?

    1. Yes and No. Federal law requires all handguns transfers be completed in the state where the purchaser resides. That means you can find a gun you would like to purchase in Colorado, and you can pay that retailer for it, but the retailer will need to ship the handgun to a licensed FFL in your state. From there, you will complete the Form 4473 at the FFL in your home state and that FFL will complete the transfer to you.

  38. Can someone tell me if there is a law, federal or state, against a store not accepting returns on a gun?

  39. I just bought a package deal with a lynx 12 shot gun plus 1 5 round and 4 10 round magazines. Are the 10 round magazines legal? Ive already bought it and it is being sent to the FFL because I was under the impression that the capacity laws were the same for rifles and pistols. A friend of mine said 8 was the cap for magazine fed shotguns. Will the FFL just keep the magazines and still be allowed to transfer the firearm to me? Or am I screwed and need to be asking for a refund and return?

    1. May issue mean “they” can choose not to issue for any reason. Shall issues mean there must be a legal reason, like being a felon to not issue.

  40. I took a certification quiz online . It was for a Virginia non-resident concealed carry permit, but suppossibly would be granted in Colorado , where I live. I been looking round the internet and a page I found says that Colorado dos not accept non resident concealed carry permits from Virginia. Is this true?

  41. My question is i have a current Colorado CCW and I want to carry my carbine pistol in my backpack. Is there a restriction against this or carrying with high capacity magazines purchased and have always been in my possession before July 1,2013?

    1. Search through the definitions for colorado carry laws. Search for handgun, rifle, pistol, and large capacity magazines. That should be enough to answer your questions.

  42. Can a Colorado resident fly in/out of Denver airport with an AR-15 given Denver’s AR-15 restrictions and the fact that the airport is considered part of Denver. Does it matter that the firearms is in a locked case? What about grandfathered full capacity magazines?

    1. Yes. TSA website has listing of all the regulations for transporting guns on a plane. I transported my AR-15 to North Carolina, it was padlocked in a pelican case.

      1. Incorrect. Section 2 of the High Capacity Magazine Ban is a a grandfather ruling. Thus any person who owned a large capacity magazine on or before July 1, 2013, and said person maintains continuous possession then the magazine is leagl to own and carry. Burden of proof that they owned the mag before the July 1, 2013 ban does fall on the owner. However this ban is on the sale of such magazine in the State of Colorado and not on the legal carry of preban items.

        1. I would go read that section of the law again. The burden of proof to the assertion that the high cap magazine is not grandfathered lies with the prosecution. 18.12.302-2b.

  43. Awesome information. Thank you. Will refer to this site for more information. Thanks!

  44. Can a felon possesse antique firearms in your state and can I hunt with it being a muzzleloader

    1. No. According to federal law It says that anyone “who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” is barred from possessing a gun.

  45. How do I report someone with a conceal to carry who has had a PFA filed on them and someone that pulled their fire arm around children and others.

  46. Is it illegal to conceal carry a firearm loaded at all times in Colorado? Wether you are driving or not?

    1. Don’t quite understand the question, but it is not illegal to carry loaded at all times. Anywhere you can legally carry, you can carry fully loaded.

  47. Something you should add is that the concealed permit is considered legal authority just to clear up some misunderstandings cause when I first read this I was under the impression it wasn’t so I wasn’t allowed to carry one on public transportation among other things which need legal authority so I may have missed where you stated that but as far as I know it isn’t stated anywhere on here

  48. I heard that in Colorado, if you have a conceal carry permit and you carry, no one can see an outline or glimpse of your carry. For example, if you carry in your back waist band and reach up, your shirt cannot expose any portion of your carry. Where can I find the in’s and out’s of conceal carry?

    1. Well open carry is legal so unless you are on for example public transportation where concealed carry is allowed (it is legal because it says without legal authority it is a class 6 felony but a permit is considered legal authority) but open carry isn’t or you are in Denver that isn’t a problem at all and I’m pretty sure even if they can see your gun at certain moments most people will just turn a blind eye and I’m pretty sure correct me if I’m wrong that there is no law for that anyways as long as it is hidden most of the time the occasional slip isn’t that big of a deal

  49. so I was a resident of tx and have a ltc from tx i am now a resident of nm with my tx ltc and wish to travel to co. I guess i can carry in the car but not concealed outside the vehicle. Is this correct. thanks

    1. Colorado honors Texas permits and Texas honors Colorado permits, and both honor New Mexico and NM honors both.

  50. So my permit is not honored by CO. Can I carry a concealed pistol unloaded? I was thinking of having a loaded mag in another pocket so everything is separate.

    1. No I don’t believe so I’m pretty sure the only way you can have a gun on you is either to apply for one in Colorado if you have a good cause to get one here you can or if you open carry as it is legal

  51. Just for clarification, I am military and I am currently stationed in Colorado. I have a valid concealed carry for the state of Georgia. If I am reading correctly, I do not need to obtain a Colorado concealed carry, correct?

    1. No you don’t need a permit from Colorado both because we honor Georgia’s permit and because I believe you have legal authority since you are in the militar

      1. There is a requirement for individuals who move to CO to obtain a CO permit. Not sure how that applies to the military.

  52. Hello was just wondering what kind of proof is needed if giving handgun as a gift to son to relinquish ownership to him and not me

    1. It is legal to gift a family member. Since the transaction requires no further authority no further action is required. Keep in mind that the federal legal age for firearms is 18 for long guns and 21 for handguns

  53. I’m from Florida and coming to Colorado to hike and would like something to carry concealed for protection…what can I do

    1. As stated at the top of this site you can get a Colorado concealed gun permit if you have a good cause including frequent travel so if you come to Colorado to hike often then that is a good enough cause to get a permit and even if you don’t go often you still may be able to get one if you state your reasoning but a problem is you will need to apply in person ahead of time and it will take 90 days to get your permit so if you don’t hike here often then it will be more of a pain than it is worth cause it expires every 5 years and let’s be honest here what are the chances you will need to use it cause I bet you have never even needed to pull your gun on anyone except maybe once or twice and for the most part Colorado is filled with really nice people especially if you are in the mountains half of them will stop and ask if you need help the second they see you are struggling with something so chances are with the small amount of time you are here and the type of people you will run into you probably will never even need to use it but of course the chance of something happening is still there so I guess in the end it is your choice whether or not you think getting the permit here is worth it but if you think that is too much of a trouble then you can also just do open carry cause open carry is perfectly legal in Colorado except I believe Denver has a law against it but the mountains should be fine cause along with having a gun if anything does happen having it in plain sight makes people get intimidated and less likely to do anything so personally I feel like open carry is the safest option

  54. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation website says that Colorado does recognize other state Permits IF the other state recognizes Colorado permits AND the person is a resident of the issuing state. CRS 18-12-213. Please update your page to reflect this if this info is correct. Edit: Perhaps how your page depicts it may be confusing. It seems to indicate Colorado only accepts Colorado resident licenses. It needs to be more clear and say that they accept licenses from other states as long as the permitting state matches the person’s state of residence.

    1. Author

      That is correct we have added a section under statutes with the law you are referring to.
      18-12-213. Reciprocity
      (1) A permit to carry a concealed handgun or a concealed weapon that is issued by a state that recognizes the
      validity of permits issued pursuant to this part 2 shall be valid in this state in all respects as a permit issued
      pursuant to this part 2 if the permit is issued to a person who is:
      (a) Twenty-one years of age or older; and
      (b) (I) A resident of the state that issued the permit, as demonstrated by the address stated on a valid
      Colorado
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      picture identification that is issued by the state that issued the permit and is carried by the permit
      holder; or
      (II) A resident of Colorado for no more than ninety days, as determined by the date of issuance on a
      valid picture identification issued by Colorado and carried by the permit holder.
      (2) For purposes of this section, a “valid picture identification” means a driver’s license or a state
      identification issued in lieu of a driver’s license.

  55. If you have a Colorado and Utah CCP and you are driving across the country and one state along the way does NOT honor your permit what do you do with your firearm while driving through that state?

    1. Author

      You are covered by the federal safe passage act provided your gun is locked in a container that is in the trunk. Please refer to our reciprocity page for more details

    2. As is true of all states you must abide by that particular State’s laws. My best advice is to take the time to sit down and plan your trip and then look up the gun laws in each state you cross through. Then right before you enter the state stop your vehicle and make absolutely sure that you are in compliance and remain that way until you exit that state. Oh and just to aid in avoiding complications don’t break the traffic laws. Remember when it comes to weapons always err on the side of caution.

  56. Can A FFL dealer in Nebraska transfer a rifle or shotgun to a resident of Colorado?

    1. According to the ATF:

      “Generally, a firearm may not lawfully be sold by a licensee to a nonlicensee who resides in a State other than the State in which the seller’s licensed premises is located. However, the sale may be made if the firearm is shipped to a licensee whose business is in the purchaser’s State of residence and the purchaser takes delivery of the firearm from the licensee in his or her State of residence. In addition, a licensee may sell a rifle or shotgun to a person who is not a resident of the State where the licensee’s business premises is located in an over–the–counter transaction, provided the transaction complies with State law in the State where the licensee is located and in the State where the purchaser resides.

      [18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3); 27 CFR 478.99(a)]”
      Based on this, so long as there are no laws preventing this from occuring in Nebraska, then an FFL there can make a transfer of a long gun to a resident in another state.
      I know people have had guns shipped to Colorado (from an online purchase)when they are going hunting and picked them up from a local FFL here.

  57. Love the sight!

    On this page, states that will “not allow” is listed as Florida and not Colorado.

    1. Author

      Thanks for that Pete. We used the Florida page as a template so that’s how that error got past us.

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