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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?

I would not go by what is reportedly strained from verbal words taken from an individual, even if that individual is a DOW Director of Law Enforcement. The Colorado Revised Statutes specifically state that in Colorado a current CCW is required to carry a firearm concealed in this state. Concealed and open-carry can further be restricted by municipality. I'm not saying I agree with it, just stating the law. If you were to get cited for carrying a sidearm concealed without the required permit then don't think for one second that the LE Director for the DoW is going to come to your defence and testify on your behalf, because he/she will definetly not. In court they go by what is written in the law, regardless of the direction the prosecutor wants to go when presenting his/her case to a jury.

It is each hunter's and gun owner's own responsibility to research these laws on their own behalf. Don't just go by what you are told from others on the internet. It's okay to ask where to find this stuff or ask to be pointed in the right direction, but I'd be cautious with some of the specific answers you may get from people on the internet, even though I think the crowd here in BGH is a pretty good well intended crowd. Do your own homework, research it yourself. I know it's too easy to throw a question out there hoping that someone will do the research for you, but that's just being lazy. Know the law, keep updated on the law, that way you can avoid trouble. There are much more further rules and regs that exisit in print besides what is vaugely and briefly listed in the hunting brochures. Those dow hunting brochures are barely a skeleton of what exists in the state hunting rules and laws. If you own a gun, knowing both "safe handling" and the "gun laws" should be foremost on your mind before anything else. I won't do all the research for you, but click on this link to get pointed in the right direction. Hope this helps. Good luck!!

http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/colorado_revised_statutes.htm
For gun laws see Criminal Code Title 18 article 12
For Parks and Wildlife see Title 33

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?

Ok, and that is where I found this...

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

(II) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is legally engaged in hunting activities within the state.

...and the exact same thing here

http://www.rmgo.org/faq/#WithoutPermit

??????????????????? Confused

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?

So, while I'm hunting in Co, I can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. But I can't carry a concealed weapon while on a backpacking/scouting trip in the wilderness. Is this correct? Think

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?
HeavyC wrote:
Ok, and that is where I found this...

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

(II) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is legally engaged in hunting activities within the state.

...and the exact same thing here

http://www.rmgo.org/faq/#WithoutPermit

??????????????????? Confused

You've solved it. Damn you're good HeavyC Thumbs up. Seems you have read into these laws more extensively. It clearly states while engaged in legal hunting. So while hunting you can carry a handgun concealed without a permit according to the revise statutes. I can find nothing that says it's legal for any other outdoor purposes wthout a permit, so don't try it while scouting. All I was getting at in my post above is to not go by what is verbally strained from an individual even if they are in authority.

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?
ecubackpacker wrote:
So, while I'm hunting in Co, I can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. But I can't carry a concealed weapon while on a backpacking/scouting trip in the wilderness. Is this correct? Think

That's the way I would interpret it. Keep in mind that even if you have your tag with you and you are scouting a different game unit during the season for your tags, it is still considered not hunting. You have to be in your unit during the season (if you are biggame hunting). I suppose it would be less restrictive for small game or waterfowl.

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?
WesternHunter wrote:
HeavyC wrote:
Ok, and that is where I found this...

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

(II) The handgun is in the possession of a person who is legally engaged in hunting activities within the state.

...and the exact same thing here

http://www.rmgo.org/faq/#WithoutPermit

??????????????????? Confused

You've solved it. Damn you're good HeavyC Thumbs up. Seems you have read into these laws more extensively. It clearly states while engaged in legal hunting. So while hunting you can carry a handgun concealed without a permit according to the revise statutes. I can find nothing that says it's legal for any other outdoor purposes wthout a permit, so don't try it while scouting. All I was getting at in my post above is to not go by what is verbally strained from an individual even if they are in authority.

And I surely cannot agree with that statement anymore than I already do! Thumbs up Even on the top of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) page it states the same thing! The best example of this, is a friend of mine has asked several different DOW managers, and they are about 50/50 on know the statute! Shock!

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Re: Side Arm in Colorado?

Just get a permit, that way you don't have to worry about it. banghead

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Good find HeavyC. I knew the part "I" about automobiles, but didn't know about part "II".

Off topic, but I find the word "conveyance" interesting, it clearly applies to cars, but I wonder if one could stretch that to scooters, hoverarounds, and wheel chairs.

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I agree... get a permit. I'm a lot more concerned about two-legged predators than the four-legged anyways.

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Colojoe wrote:
Just get a permit, that way you don't have to worry about it. banghead

I wish it were this easy! I live in Illinois, one of only 2 states in the nation, the other being Wisconsin, that does not allow concealed or open carry permits at all. I hunt elk in Colorado and enjoy carrying a sidearm openly while hunting. I could apply for another states concealed carry permit, Florida for example, but Colorado does not recognize that permit unless I am from the state of origin. So this topic is very interesting to me. I always thought I could legally open carry a sidearm in Colorado, since I am a legal gun owner in Illinois, but I have never had to test this issue with a CDOW law officer. Thanks for all the information posted!

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