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CCW in Colorado

Hi guys, I wonder if you could help me with a quick question. I have an Alabama concealed carry permit which reciprocates with Colorado. I will be archery hunting this September. I'm assuming you can't have a sidearm on your person while actually hunting but would it be legal to keep it secured/hidden if camping at a designated public camp site? I can't seem to find an answer searching around the net. Thanks in advance.

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Re: CCW in Colorado

Depends on the campsite, if you're camping in national forest or on BLM property, it's legal. But in most, if not all designated camp grounds, guns are prohibited.

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brnix, you can defenitely carry both your concealed weapon in camp and while you are hunting. In Colorado you can carry your side arm while you are archery hunting anyways (just if you guys do not have a concealed weapons permitt it needs to be where everyone can see the weapon). I have my CCW here in Colorado and carry all the time while hunting and fishing and of course any other time I am out of the house.

Good luck and good hunting!

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I'm not a lawyer and assuming your AL CCW is recognized by CO, you are fine to carry in campgrounds, or National Forest, or BLM, or just about any other place in Colorado except for schools, courthouses, and places with magnetic detectors. Private property owners may legally prohibit guns on their property – including private campgrounds. They have to post obvious a signs at ALL entrances. Don't argue about the sign type and placement, just don’t do business there - go somewhere else.

As for the National Forest campground, the previous poster is partially correct in my opinion. Most NF campgrounds do not permit the DISCHARGE of firearms, not the possession of firearms. CCW is also permitted in CO while hunting with, or without, a CCW permit. It's Colorado Statute 18-12-204. It's legal to carry a handgun while bow hunting, you are good to go. Just don't shoot it in the campground; shooting it in other parts of the NF as fine as long as you have a safe backstop and are not shooting at trees (dead or alive). (I spoke with a regional Forest Ranger and the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the DOW and that's a synopsis of what they said.)

Park Rangers and Game Wardens are concerned about the “manner of take” while you are carrying a firearm. You don’t want there to be any doubt as to how you shot your animal. It’s not legal to find your almost dead, arrow-hit elk and end it’s suffering with a .22 or .38 or .44mag. NO bullets can be used to kill, partially kill, etc. the animal during bow season. Even though it’s fully legal to have the handgun with you for defensive purposes, I also get a small game license so there is no question with a game warden as to a legitimate reason for the handgun.

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Thank you very much for the information gentlemen. That does make me feel much better about carrying it with me.

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Just don't take it on the plane. Theyre still pretty jumpy about that.

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