Colorado has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the last couple of years, adding over 77,000 new residents in the last year and growing faster than all but seven states! That’s a large number of potential gun owners who may not be privy to our laws.

Whether you’re a Colorado newbie or you’ve been here for awhile, if you own a gun, you need to educate yourself about the gun laws in Colorado. At Liberty Firearms Institute (LFI), we take the guesswork out for you, and offer a straight-shooting gun law seminar to protect yourself and those around you. Gun safety begins with knowing the law, so enjoy our post on Colorado gun laws.

Colorado Gun Facts

It’s important to know your rights as a gun owner and the laws so you can make educated decisions and be an informed citizen.

Open Carry

In the state of Colorado, you can open carry with a permit issued by the local sheriff’s office, yet it is still legal in most areas without a permit — the exceptions to this are in Denver and where posted.

Concealed Carry

A concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit is needed in the state of Colorado, and is issued by the local sheriff after the person has demonstrated they are competent in handling a firearm. Below is a quick reference to CCW, where you can and can’t have them.

Can you carry in…

  • A restaurant? YES.
  • In a vehicle? You are able to possess a loaded or unloaded handgun in a private vehicle, with no permit required. Long guns must be unloaded.
  • Notify an officer? NO.
  • In state parks? YES.
  • When it’s posted? NO.
  • When open carry is permitted? YES.
  • Constitutional carry? NO.

Here are a couple more numbers…

  • Total active CCW licenses in Colorado – 388,646
  • States that will honor a CCW – 34
  • States that Colorado honors – 33
  • States that do not honor a CCW – 16

Gun Reciprocity in Colorado

Per Colorado law, another state must honor a CCW permit before Colorado honor’s the others. Plainly, if you hold a resident permit from out-of-state and Colorado honors that state and you’re 21 years old, Colorado will honor it.

States that honor a Colorado CCW:

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.

States that do not honor a Colorado CCW:

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington.

It’s important to know which states both honor and do not honor a Colorado CCW. If you travel outside your state, you need to know where you can carry so you don’t mistakenly illegally carry.

Carrying a weapon, whether open or concealed, is a huge responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Knowing gun laws is the first step in gun safety.

Stay tuned for part two, as we look more in-depth about the laws and examine more CCW numbers.

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