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    Visiting CO, Open Carry Questions

    Hey guys,

    This is my first post, but I've had a couple of questions that I can't seem to find the answer to and I was hoping for some knowledge!

    I'm traveling from OK, but I'm 20 so I can't get my CCL yet. So here are my questions.

    1) It looks like anyone older than 18 (not 21) can Openly Carry in CO. Is that true?

    2) Is number one also true in vehicles?

    3) Is it legal to Open Carry in the Pikes Peak National Forrest?

    4) Is it legal to shoot targets in the Pike National Forrest?

    5) There should be no issue leaving the gun in the car (like running into a mall) underneath a seat, correct?

    Thank you guys so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPrather302 View Post
    Hey guys,

    1) It looks like anyone older than 18 (not 21) can Openly Carry in CO. Is that true?

    2) Is number one also true in vehicles?

    3) Is it legal to Open Carry in the Pikes Peak National Forrest?

    4) Is it legal to shoot targets in the Pike National Forrest?

    5) There should be no issue leaving the gun in the car (like running into a mall) underneath a seat, correct?

    Thank you guys so much!
    Howdy Amigo!
    You'll find Colorado a great place to open carry. If you like, we can meet up when you arrive in Colorado, and I can show you around with a little OC thrown in to help you get going here. I was in Oklahoma (Sapulpa) back in May, and I even open carried while there. Yeah, the OC bill had passed and been signed by your governor, but it still wasn't really okay until this coming November, but I did it anyhow.

    The answers to your questions:
    1. If you own a handgun, and are over 18, you can openly carry your sidearm here. A concealed permit is not necessary for OC.
    2. A private vehicle is considered as an extension of your home. You can carry both openly or concealed in a private automobile.
    3. Yes it is legal to open carry in the national forest. You can't carry in buildings, such as a ranger station or visitor center. They should be marked to that effect.
    4. Ordinarily you can shoot in the national forest. They have areas for that. HOWEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Due to excessively dry conditions, shooting has been disallowed until we get sufficient moisture to make a fire unlikely. Check with the ranger district offices, but last I heard (Saturday) was that shooting firearms is currently prohibited.
    5. It would be better, and more secure, to leave it in a glove compartment or locked in your trunk. That being said, you can leave it under a seat, but I don't feel that's very secure. Just my personal attitude toward firearm security. Very few locations will require you to leave your sidearm in the car. Some malls are posted 'no firearms'. Others are not. I don't tend to frequent malls anyhow, so for me it is somewhat a moot point. I carry everywhere that isn't posted. There are very few locations that are posted. Some are obvious, like school zones, post offices, or any location with metal detectors and security types in place.

    Hopefully this will answer your questions.

    Welcome to the Colorado Front Range!

    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin

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    Just to build on what M-Taliesin has already mentioned. Be very careful and do make sure you are on National Forest when planning to shoot. Sometimes it get tricky to define if you are on NF or in Private Land. Your best bet is to call the Ranger Station ahead of time and see what the restrictions are. Of course it is always safe to say to make sure where you bullets are going when shooting in National Forest. There are tons of trails in the backcountry filled with hikers, bikers and campers.

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    There are also large chunks of Pike NF off-limits to shooting. These area are mostly along the Rampart Range Rd (which is closed to the public at the moment because of the Waldo Canyon Fire) and the Mt Herman area.

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    Thanks guys! You've been a great help!

    We have a nice steep hill close to our cabin so that should make a great backstop for target practice assuming that the dry weather changes a bit!

    Thanks for all the help!

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