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

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
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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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
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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 CCW Handgun Forms

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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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Antique handgun

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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“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.

YES
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
NO

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

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 5600 Flatiron Parkway

CityBoulder, CO 80301

Phone (303) 441-3994

Email jbiekert@bouldercounty.org

 

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margaret
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margaret

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?

Graham
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Graham

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?

Matt
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Matt

What the hell do you think…. look up straw purchase.

Daniel
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Daniel

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?

Danny
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Danny

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

Daniel
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Daniel

Thanks, Danny. Much appreciated.

Rob
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Rob

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

Zach Sanchez
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Zach Sanchez

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

Brian
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Brian

Not true

James
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James

I’m military moving to Aurora I own ar-15 can I store it in my house

James
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James

Yes

Richard L
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Richard L

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…………….

Phil Phipps
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Phil Phipps

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

Cain
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Cain

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.

Jaded
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Jaded

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

Sam
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Sam

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?

Joseph Humenansky
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Joseph Humenansky

Can someone explain shall issue v may issue?

Andrew Nowicki
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Andrew Nowicki

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.

Terrie Jean Allen
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Terrie Jean Allen

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?

Timothy Lawler
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Timothy Lawler

Yes. Colorado only honors resident state permits that reciprocate.

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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?

Timothy Lawler
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Timothy Lawler

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.

Registered User
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Registered User

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?

Addie
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Addie

Can you conceal carry a handgun that has a 16 round capacity?

Art
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Art

Only up to 15 rounds. This law went into effect July i, 2012

Chris
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Chris

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.

minerjim
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minerjim

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.

Scott Mitchell
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Scott Mitchell

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

Anon
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Anon

I think you mean NCIC check, not NCIS.

Jack J Young
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Jack J Young

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

Jaded
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Jaded

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.

Kelly Sandoval
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Kelly Sandoval

Can you carry if you have a misdemeanor 3rd degree assault charge?

Concerned citizen
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Concerned citizen

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.

Anon
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Anon

You call the police….