It doesn't really matter why you are asked. In a vehicle you don't need a permit. As CRS 18-12-204 (2)(a) states:
as i understand it, you were asked about a firearm because he must have found out when running your license that you had a CCW. while you don't need to tell LEO about the gun in your car if you are carrying, you do need to inform the LEO if you have a CCW, and then subsequently if you are carrying. again, this is just the way i understand it.
The permittee shall carry the 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. Failure to produce a permit upon demand by a law enforcement officer raises a rebuttable presumption that the person does not have a permit.However, (3)(a) states:
A person who may lawfully possess a handgun may carry a handgun under the following circumstances without obtaining a permit and the handgun shall not be considered concealed:So in your car you are not "actually" in possession of a concealed handgun, hence no need for a permit and no need to produce a permit even upon the "demand" of an LEO. There is no requirement that you produce a permit for ANY reason other than to show an LEO while in actual possession of a concealed handgun. Perhaps the LEO did see the CCW while running the DL, and decided to "ask" about a firearm. LEOs can "ask" whatever they want and while it often comes across as a lawful demand, it is not. And again, there is no requirement that you notify an LEO either, despite what they might say.
(I) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is in a private automobile or in some other private means of conveyance and who carries the handgun for a legal use, including self-defense;