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    open carry in colorado

    I have recently started to open carry around where i live. I do know that i cannot open carry in denver and aurora, but i have also been not carrying my pistol loaded because i didn't know if the gun had to be unloaded or not. I have read that carrying a loaded handgun is allowed but i cannot find it stated anywhere in the law concerning open carrying a loaded pistol and i figure whats the point in open carrying if the gun has no bullets. If somebody could please help me to better understand the laws concerning open carry in colorado i would appreciate it greatly.

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    Loaded open carry in CO is just fine, except in Denver as you noted...Aurora is fine though (the LEOs might give you grief but they know you're legal). The only restrictions regarding loaded/unloaded is for long guns being transported in a car...as far as your pistol is concerned just OC in whatever condition you please (CC without a permit is only allowed in your car or on your own property).

    When OCing stay away from all the known no-carry areas...schools, federal buildings, courthouses..and any place which is posted again OPEN carry, though if you have your CHP you may conceal in those places so long as there are no metal detectors.
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    Carrying unloaded is just carry a fancy paper weight.

    Laws generally define what you cannot do, not what you can i.e. there is no law saying that you can wear a red shirt, but obviously such is legal. So it is with carrying loaded in Colorado and most all states.

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    Remember you cannot open carry within 1000 feet of a school under federal law. If you have a CC permit you are exempted.
    Denver aside, the only thing you need to do is watch for no-gun signs.

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    Here is another question i live less than 1000 feet from a school. Meaning i can't open carry if i step outside of my home? correct.

    By the way thank you for your answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmt1587 View Post
    Here is another question i live less than 1000 feet from a school. Meaning i can't open carry if i step outside of my home? correct.

    By the way thank you for your answers

    We had this discussion recently and this is what people said.

    http://forums.opencarry.org/forums/s...76#post1660076
    Last edited by Deserteagle8338; 01-07-2012 at 09:48 PM.

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    car carry

    whithin this thread I have seen where it was stated that CC in your vehicle is considered legal, yet in another area on another site it is stated that inside of your vehicle your weapon, if you don't have an actual CC permit must be in plain site....I would like some clarification on this for my own knowledge due to info here and info found elsewhere is conflicting...can anybody clear this up for me???

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    Quote Originally Posted by riffraff121 View Post
    whithin this thread I have seen where it was stated that CC in your vehicle is considered legal, yet in another area on another site it is stated that inside of your vehicle your weapon, if you don't have an actual CC permit must be in plain site....I would like some clarification on this for my own knowledge due to info here and info found elsewhere is conflicting...can anybody clear this up for me???
    Can I carry concealed in my vehicle without a permit (even in Denver)? YES

    See C.R.S. 18-12-204

    (3) (a) 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:

    (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; or


    from...http://www.rmgo.org/gun-law-faqs/carrying-in-a-vehicle
    more available there.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I live close to Byers. Maybe we'll meet up sometime.
    Colorado Gun Owners - COGO
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    Colorado Firearm law.
    http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/
    Lexis Nexis: Colorado law pertaining to firearms.
    Title 18, Article 12

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    Thanks for the welcome. I'm sure if your close to byers we'll see each other around sometime being theres not a ton of people around out here. It would also be nice to see somebody else OC. I'm still a bit uneasy when I OC so i don't do it as often as i would like because I feel like I need to be a bit more prepared if I encounter a LEO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmt1587 View Post
    Thanks for the welcome. I'm sure if your close to byers we'll see each other around sometime being theres not a ton of people around out here. It would also be nice to see somebody else OC.
    Those of us up near Denver get together at least once or twice a year. Keep your eyes peeled to the Colorado section.

    I'm still a bit uneasy when I OC so i don't do it as often as i would like because I feel like I need to be a bit more prepared if I encounter a LEO.
    The first time I encountered an LEO while OCing he looked at me, looked at my firearm, then looked back at the menu and placed his order. He was in front of me in the line at Wendys. When my turn came, I was prepared! To order...
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    Welcome to the forum! If you'd like, we can meet up sometime as I drive through Bennett at least once a week. The High Plains Diner there has good food and they are OC friendly. I live in Elbert County about 30 mins from Byers, so we may see each other sometime. I've seen one other OC'er around here but didn't get a chance to say hello and have a chat. OC meetup anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keens View Post
    OC meetup anyone?
    Field of Dreams: "If you build it (start a thread for a meet at a specific location, date, and time), they will come."
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. They both protect the rest, but only if you exercise them both.

    Nothing in this post is to be misconstrued as "advice" of any kind. It is merely my opinion.

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    Open carry in Northern Colorado

    Hi all,
    I have what's probably a stupid question. I am new to the whole carry thing and was wondering if you all have a lot of problems with folks or law enforcement open carrying. I've thought about getting my concealed carry permit but for me it's a little hard to shell out 152.50 on top of the 75 I dropped already on the class.

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    Depends on where you live. In COS, never. Some of the leftwing cities, sometimes--but the law is clear that OC is not unlawful, except in Denver County. CC is lawful everywhere with a permit.
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    Thanks for the response Gunslinger. Surprisingly I walked into a local gun store today and was asked to clear my weapon and leave mag and ammo in the truck before I entered the store to buy a new holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Stewart View Post
    Thanks for the response Gunslinger. Surprisingly I walked into a local gun store today and was asked to clear my weapon and leave mag and ammo in the truck before I entered the store to buy a new holster.
    Thats just funny right there...

    I bet I can guess which gun store.

    See also:
    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...ot-allow-carry
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    Ya Jensens Firearms in Loveland.. After that I'll drive to Ft.Collins if I can't find what I want in Greeley. I've never really cared for them anyhow.... The employees were carrying why not us?
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    There are some that do that and evidently don't see their own hypocrisy. Plenty of other places to spend your money on guns who respect your rights.
    "For any man who sheds his blood with me this day shall be my brother...And gentlemen now abed shall think themselves accursed, they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks who fought with us on Crispin's day." Henry V

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    Yes I agree. I work hard for my money and I will spend it where my rights are respected and my business is appreciated.

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    And another place to add to my thread on businesses against carrying.
    I really can't understand how a business that deals in the 2A can be against the exercise of it.
    Colorado Gun Owners - COGO
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    Colorado Firearm law.
    http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/
    Lexis Nexis: Colorado law pertaining to firearms.
    Title 18, Article 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Stewart View Post
    Thanks for the response Gunslinger. Surprisingly I walked into a local gun store today and was asked to clear my weapon and leave mag and ammo in the truck before I entered the store to buy a new holster.
    Newbie here, pardon me for posting before an introduction...

    In Missouri I worked at a gun-shop/indoor range for a year; you would not believe the total YO-YOs that come in. We welcomed OC as well as CC, BUT we had a strict policy "No handling of loaded firearms in the showroom". We had the largest selection of holsters within 100 miles and probably in the state, if someone came in wearing a pistol and wanted to look at holsters for it I would hand them a set of muffs and ask they step to an open lane, clear the weapon and return with the slide locked to the rear/cylinder open, I didn't care what they did with mag/ammo. Once I confirmed clear they were free to drop the slide/close the cylinder and look to their hearts content.

    I have no way of knowing what their over all attitude on customers carrying is, but asking a customer to clear a handgun they will be handling in the showroom is the only responsible policy to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F350 View Post
    Newbie here, pardon me for posting before an introduction...

    In Missouri I worked at a gun-shop/indoor range for a year; you would not believe the total YO-YOs that come in. We welcomed OC as well as CC, BUT we had a strict policy "No handling of loaded firearms in the showroom". We had the largest selection of holsters within 100 miles and probably in the state, if someone came in wearing a pistol and wanted to look at holsters for it I would hand them a set of muffs and ask they step to an open lane, clear the weapon and return with the slide locked to the rear/cylinder open, I didn't care what they did with mag/ammo. Once I confirmed clear they were free to drop the slide/close the cylinder and look to their hearts content.

    I have no way of knowing what their over all attitude on customers carrying is, but asking a customer to clear a handgun they will be handling in the showroom is the only responsible policy to have.
    I was looking for a new holster not long ago. I thought I had found the perfect one at the gun store. So I took the holdter off the shelf and up to the counter where I said "can I take a look at that Glock 23 in the case?"

    It was far easier to try the fit of the holster on his gun than pull my matching one out...

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    Howdy Folks!
    All this talk about concealed carry vs. open carry got me thinking. While I have a CCW permit, I tend to open carry anyhow. Even had myself a brief interlude open carrying in Denver in close proximity to a Denver LEO who most assurely knew I had a handgun on my hip. He made a remark about it, and must have felt extraordinarily impotent that I didn't flinch while continuing to exercise my 2a rights, along with those guaranteed under the Colorado Constitution.

    Anyhow, I'd like to see Colorado... all of it... from them amber waves of grain to them purple mountains majesty, go with constitutional carry like Arizona did. I ain't keen on paying to get permission to exercise my constitutional right! But I digress.... as usual.

    I am of the opinion that a concealed carry permit should only be required in a nudist park.
    Well... it makes about as much sense!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
    I was looking for a new holster not long ago. I thought I had found the perfect one at the gun store. So I took the holdter off the shelf and up to the counter where I said "can I take a look at that Glock 23 in the case?"

    It was far easier to try the fit of the holster on his gun than pull my matching one out...
    Yea we did that too, but even with a good selection we didn't have everything people carried. And some people wanted to go to the holster room and look at multiple holsters and there is no way we were going to allow a new gun out of our sight or be slid in and out of multiple holsters.

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