Understanding Colorado Gun Laws

Gun Law

In the current atmosphere, nothing brings more division and strife than our country’s gun laws.  This is further compounded by the nonuniformity of various state laws.  Colorado has many laws in place to protect both your rights and those of other residents.  If you are a proud gun owner, it is important to understand Colorado state laws governing ownership and possession of a fire arm.

Laws Governing Gun Sales in Colorado

In order to purchase a firearm legally, one must make such as purchase through a federally licensed dealer.  This also applies to private sales, as all gun sales dictate that a NCIS background check be completed at the time of purchase.  Additionally, anyone seeking to transfer ownership of a firearm through a legal sale, must first receive the permission of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  In very specific circumstances, these laws may be null and void in instances, such as antique firearms, a loan or gift from a family member, or inherited firearms.  All persons purchasing a firearm must be over the age of 18 to purchase a rifle style gun or 21 to purchase a handgun.

What About Open Carry?

In Colorado, you may legally open carry within certain perimeters.  While it is legal to open carry you may not do so on public transportation.  If you become licensed to conceal carry, you may do so on public transportation.  If you choose to open carry, it is also important that you be aware of local governments that have placed restrictions on open carry within a specific building or area, typically police stations and municipal buildings.  The city of Denver has taken this right a step further banning both open carry and assault rifles citywide.  If you disobey this statue you will be in breach of state law.

Does Colorado Have a Stand Your Ground Law?

Colorado currently lacks a stand your ground law but does allow citizens to protect themselves under a Castle doctrine law.  Thus, residents are legally permitted to use deadly force if necessary, to defend self, property, and others against threats from armed or unarmed intruders.

If I Am Pulled Over and Carry a Concealed Weapon, Must I Notify the Officer?

In many states, even law-abiding citizens must immediately alert an officer to the presence of a concealed weapon if they are pulled over.  This is not the case in Colorado as you are not legally required to inform an officer of your possession of a concealed weapon, providing you are properly licensed.  Despite this law, you are legally required to carry your conceal carry permit and a valid photo ID any time you are in possession of a weapon that is concealed.  You are legally required to immediately produce these documents if an officer requests them.

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