Colorado Gun Laws

Colorado Gun Laws

Colorado State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney               

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO *YES

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places NO
Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places Kidnapping, Robbery, Sexual assault, Assault with a deadly weapon, Assault with intent to cause serious injury
Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle No - Dwelling or building
Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places No - Burglary
Immunity from Civil liability Yes, under the home defense statute
Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law Occupant of dwelling or building may use deadly force if they reasonably believe unlawful intruder might use any physical force, no matter how slight, against any occupant

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Colorado

A Sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun to an applicant who:

Is a legal resident of the state of Colorado. For purposes of the law, a person who is a member of the armed forces and is stationed pursuant to permanent duty station orders at a military installation in this state, and a member of the person's immediate family living in Colorado, shall be deemed to be a legal resident of the state of Colorado.

To obtain a permit, a person shall submit a permit application on a statewide standardized form developed by the sheriffs and available from each individual Sheriff’s Department.

Forms & Links:

Colorado Bureau of Investigation: CCW Information   (Associated fees and background info)

An applicant shall complete the permit application form and return it, in person, to the sheriff of the county or city and county in which the applicant resides, to the sheriff of the county or city and county in which the applicant maintains a secondary residence or owns or leases real property used by the applicant in a business, or to the sheriff that previously issued a permit to the applicant.

The applicant shall sign the completed permit application form in person before the sheriff. The applicant shall provide his or her signature voluntarily upon a sworn oath that the applicant knows the contents of the permit application and that the information contained in the permit application is true and correct.

An applicant who knowingly and intentionally makes a false or misleading statement on a permit application or deliberately omits any material information requested on the application commits perjury as described in section 18-8-503.

Upon conviction, the applicant shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-501. In addition, the applicant shall be denied the right to obtain or possess a permit, and the sheriff shall revoke the applicant's permit if issued prior to conviction.