Apr 292018
 

Colorado Concealed Carry

Colorado Concealed Carry Without A Permit has limitations. There are 5 exceptions to the Colorado Concealed Carry Law let’s look at the situations where they apply.

 

 

Colorado Concealed Carry Without A Permit can be done in 5 instances they are Home, Auto, Business, Land, and Hunting. Let’s look at some of the provisions of these exceptions.

First, what is a Concealed Weapon

1. What is a concealed weapon?
The definition of “concealed”
A weapon is concealed on your person if it is placed out of sight so as not to be discernible or apparent by ordinary observation.

If the weapon is only partially concealed – for instance, by a holster — it is not concealed. As long as a casual observer would recognize it as a weapon, you have not violated the law against carrying a concealed weapon.

Home
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
(a) A person in his or her own dwelling.
We all should know that we can carry a concealed handgun at home without a permit.

Auto
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(b)
A person in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person’s or another’s person or property while traveling.

Colorado allows us to have a handgun loaded in our vehicle and it can be hidden anywhere even without a permit.
A firearm should never be visible to another person outside a vehicle both for safety and security. In a traffic stop by a police officer having a gun visible can be a bad thing. Handguns in automobiles should be holstered or cased for safety reasons. When stopped by law enforcement you should always declare your firearm, that keeps you and the officer safe. Remember long guns (rifles and shotguns) cannot be loaded in your vehicle. Possession Of A Loaded Firearm In A Motor Vehicle  C.R.S.§ 33-6-125

Business
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a)   It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
A person in his or her own dwelling or place of business.

In Colorado, an employer can determine who (if anyone) among its employees may carry a firearm in the workplace. C.R.S. § 18-12-214 restricts where a person holding a concealed carry permit may take her gun. The statute reserves the right of a private property owner, private tenant, private employer, or private business entity to exclude weapons from their premises. This law includes the right to prohibit the possession of a firearm in a locked vehicle in the company’s parking lot.

Land
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
A person in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property owned or under his or her control at the time of the act of carrying.

Hunting
Yes. C.R.S. 18-12-204(3)(a)(ii) states that any person lawfully able to possess a handgun may carry that handgun while engaged in the act of hunting without obtaining a permit for the handgun. When you are actively engaged in the act of hunting and desire to carry a handgun, Colorado Concealed Carry statutes allow you to do so. Carry, in the context of the statute, applies to the carrying of the handgun and explicitly states that the handgun shall not be considered concealed. However, the sidearm may not be used to take any animals unless it meets the requirements specified for that hunting season.

So as you can see there are many circumstances where you can carry a concealed firearm without a permit in Colorado. Beware that many law enforcement officers do not know these laws and you can find yourself being charged even though you may be right. In situations where a dispute with law enforcement has occurred be polite and professional. If you get charged with a violation of the law you can handle it after the fact. If you are a member of one of the organizations like U.S. Law Shield or the USCCA you can get one of their attorneys to handle it for you. If you would like more information on these coverages contact me and I will provide it to you.

The best solution is to get a Colorado Concealed Carry Permit by taking one of my classes. Sign up today and get the training you need on a schedule that works for you.

Articles you may be interested in:

Buying A Defensive Handgun

Learn To Shoot Pueblo Colorado

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Pueblo Colorado

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Mar 232018
 

Buying a defensive handgun is like buying a pair of shoes you wouldn’t let someone else do it for you. The gun has to fit you and you have to be able to work the controls. You also have to be able to put shots on target when it counts. When buying a defensive handgun you should buy the largest caliber gun that you can shoot and hit the target with.

Buying a defensive handgunBuy a gun from a dealer that will help you when you need it. Recently I have had several students guns break right out of the box. Some stores return policies are”don’t bring it back here”. Always clean and grease a new gun before firing it for the first time. some places will not take guns back even right after you’ve bought them. If you order a gun on the web or buy at a gun show then what are you going to do? The dealer that you ship the gun to for the background check may help you but they are under no obligation to do so. Remember you bought the gun online to save $20. Guns are hard to ship back to the manufacturer you should deal with a dealer that is a locally owned full-service dealer until you understand all the problems associated with buying a gun.

Pick a reliable name brand gun when buying a defensive handgun. Saving money at this point is not the best idea you have ever had. You want the gun to go bang when you press the bang switch. There are several top gun manufacturers in this country and these guns are not that expensive that you can’t afford to buy a quality one. Remember you get what you pay for.

Caliber size is not the most important factor when buying a defensive handgun but it always helps to have a caliber size big enough to actually stop the threat. .22 .25 .32 and .380 are not good defensive handgun calibers just look at some of the tests. Sure you might stop a threat with a small gun if you get lucky but when- 3 days from now. If I’m gonna take the time to learn how to defend myself I want to defend myself. Having a small gun so it is easy to hide should not be your biggest concern. Small guns have less power, are hard to control (more recoil), have more safety issues (hands in front of the muzzle), and generally do not shoot well because the sight radius and barrel are so short. In the United States, ammo manufacturers are making five times the amount of 9mm (Luger, 9mm Para, 9×19) ammunition as they are any other round. This means less expensive practice ammo and good availability of ammo when you need it. Law enforcement has recently started to move towards 9 mm rounds the military and the FBI are already using them. I don’t think the .380 round is a good self-defense round and neither does law enforcement. A minimal self- protection round should be 9mm.

Work on a safe and efficient draw and presentation of the handgun from its concealed carry location. Remember some ranges have limitations as to how or even if you can draw from a holster. Practice in the clothes you will wear daily. If you ever need that gun to save your life or the life of a loved one you will need it fast. You will have a very short amount of time once the bell rings. The faster you can access your gun the more time you have to make good decisions, get to cover or if necessary put those hits on target where they count.

Learn to keep your gun running. If it’s empty, feed it. If it malfunctions, fix it.

Practice getting solid hits from 3 to 7-yards, quickly and reliably. Do some handgun training at 15-25 yards, just enough to get hits at those distances. Concentrate your handgun training on those skills you will most likely need in a self-defense encounter. The FBI states that most self-defense gunfights end in 3 rounds or less and happen within 10ft (3 yards).

Buying a defensive handgun

is like buying a life jacket to go whitewater kayaking. I don’t think you want to trust your life to the blue light special when buying a defensive handgun.

Articles of Interest

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal
Concealed Handgun Definition in Colorado
Intervention With a Concealed Handgun
Having a Sound Self Defense Strategy
Learn To Shoot

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Mar 182018
 

Learn to Shoot

Learning to shoot is an important skill to acquire.

There are (6) Fundamentals of Handgun Shooting and they are all equally import. The goal should always be to shoot to stop the threat. So let’s examine them one at a time.

1. Stance
2. Grip
3. Sight Alignment
4. Sight Picture
5. Trigger Control
6. Follow Through

1. Stance-The Stance is the base for the shooting platform.
2. Grip-A proper grip aids in controlling recoil and muzzle flip
3. Sight Alignment-Sight alignment is the relationship between the shooter’s eye, the rear sight aperture, and the
front sight.
4. Sight Picture-Sight picture is the placement of the sights on the target while maintaining proper sight
alignment
5. Trigger Control-Trigger Control in either double action or single action, it is defined as steady pressure
exerted on the trigger straight to the rear to release the hammer or sticker and fire the weapon.
6. Follow Through-Follow Through prevents any unnecessary movement before the bullet exits the barrel.

Learn to ShootIf you want to learn to shoot a pistol or a revolver you have come to the right place. Rick Sindeband, Certified Instructor has been teaching people how to shoot for many years.  Rick can teach you all the little things that make a difference. Rick personally shoots both pistols and revolvers and can teach you techniques that are not used by many instructors. He can work with you at the range to get all the fundamentals correct so that your shooting will be accurate and natural.

Learn to shoot in a great, safe, indoor environment. Rick can have you on the target where you want to be in no time.  Advanced classes are available as you progress.  Need to buy a gun? Don’t worry you can try some guns and learn whats best for you. Learn to shoot with a Distinguished Expert in the NRA’s  Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. You can progress as slow or as fast as you wish.

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Other Articles of Interest:

Shooting Grip Is Important When Shooting
New Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit Program
Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Pueblo Colorado

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Mar 182018
 

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Pueblo Colorado

concealed carry permit renewal trainingIf you are reading this article its likely been some time since you had any formal training update for your concealed carry permit. DON’T RISK YOUR LIFE, YOUR FREEDOM, or YOUR SAVINGS

Maybe your Concealed Carry Permit Renewal is about to happen. Well, the good news is you have found the right place to do just that. Concealed Carry Permit Renewal training is a great way to update your knowledge about the use of deadly force and to get information on any legislative changes that might affect your concealed carry options. In addition, new techniques and theories on concealed carry have emerged thru the gun industry and there is a lot of great information to be shared. Its always good to get a safety review and to be aware of any new local or state issues that might apply to you. The information supplied in these training sessions is the most up to date information available to those that train concealed carry permit holders. Here are some of the many topics covered.

Use of Deadly Force
What is Self Defense
Voice Commands
Stand Your Ground
Duty to Retreat
Castle Doctrine
Highly Defensible Property
Traffic Stops
Carry Methods Pros and Cons
Affirmative Defense
No Gun Signs
Gun Safety 101
Guns, Alcohol, and Marijuana

Your instructor for this concealed carry permit renewal training class will be Rick Sindeband. Rick started Have Gun Will Train Colorado in 2010 and has been a student of the Firearms industry ever since. He has trained over the years with some of the top people in the industry. Rick can get you the information you need to keep yourself and your family from the common pitfalls of carrying a gun for self-defense.

Who needs this class?

Anyone who has a gun for self-protection and has no permit
Anyone who uses a gun for self-defense
Anyone who has a permit and has not updated their knowledge in the last 5 years
Anyone who is thinking about getting a concealed carry permit

 

 

 

 

links to other articles of Interest

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal
Concealed Handgun Definition in Colorado
Intervention With a Concealed Handgun
Choosing  A Defensive Firearm
Having a Sound Self Defense Strategy
Learn To Shoot

Class takes approximately 2.5 hours and is offered at the low price of just $45

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Feb 252018
 

concealed handgun or notEveryone wants a Concealed Handgun Permit but what is a concealed handgun? One of the local gun shops recently asked me to tell them what constitutes a concealed handgun in Colorado. To be honest I thought I knew what it meant but I was not sure of what the statutes say it means. So first let’s learn some things about the law. First of all, I’m not an Attorney and anything I say here is for informational purposes not legal advice. I get a lot of good information from Attorneys that are knowledgeable about gun laws and the laws of self-defense and I try not to stretch the meaning of any of those laws. Second, most people including myself until recently do not realize that the statutes in Colorado are what the legislature intended for the law to mean. The actual meaning of the law is decided in the state appellate courts and the state supreme court. So without reading the appropriate case law, you may not really know what the law actally means.

C.R.S. § 18-12-105 
A weapon is concealed on your person if it is placed out of sight so as not to be discernible or apparent by ordinary observation.1
1. People ex rel. O.R., App.2008, 220 P.3d 949, rehearing denied.
Read the case here.

If you go to the bottom of the page in the statute (C.R.S. § 18-12-105   )  you will see the annotations. This is where these cases are listed.

If the weapon is only partially concealed – for instance, by a holster — it is not concealed for purposes of 18-12-105 C.R.S. As long as a casual observer would recognize it as a weapon, you have not violated the law against carrying a concealed weapon.

However, the weapon does not have to be in your hand or something you are touching or wearing. It is considered concealed “on your person” if it is within easy reach.2

2. People in Interest of R. J. A., App.1976, 556 P.2d 491, 38 Colo.App. 346 (look this one up on your own)

 

When is concealed carry legal in Colorado?

You may legally carry a concealed weapon in Colorado if:
1.  You are in your own dwelling or place of business or on property you own or that is under your control.
2.  You are in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance and carrying the weapon for the lawful protection of your or someone else’s property while traveling.
3.  You hold a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon and are not carrying it in a place where concealed carry is prohibited by law (such as a public school or courthouse).
4.  You are going on a legitimate hunting or fishing trip with a hunting or fishing knife.
5.  You are a peace officer carrying a weapon in conformance with department policy.
6.  You are an on-duty United States probation officer or pretrial services officer serving in Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial conference of the United States.
7.  You are carrying a knife with a blade that is less than 3 1/2″ long.

DISCLAIMER: Have Gun Will Train Colorado and Rick Sindeband does NOT give legal advice. You should seek competent legal advice if you own a firearm for self-defense. Discuss the legal ramifications of firearms and self-defense with a knowledgeable attorney who specializes in CRIMINAL LAW in your local jurisdiction. Law, both statutory and common, regarding self-defense varies widely from one area to the next and is constantly changing. Only accept legal advice on firearms and/or self-defense from the POLICE or OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OR OFFICIALS if it is in writing on official letterhead signed by a sworn senior supervisory official of that department in his or her official capacity or a current official document of that department bearing the department’s insignia and signed by the current head of the department (Chief of Police, Sheriff, or Special Agent In Charge). Verbal (not in writing) advice from law enforcement personnel may be in error and will have NO standing in a court of law.

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Jan 292018
 

The next step in the process is to build some defensive shooting skills for Concealed Carry. Once you have your basic gun handling and safety rules behind you its time to start to learn some skills that will help protect you and your family.

concealed carry training pueblo coloradoPresentation And Draw From The Holster-

Presentation to a ready position from the holster and basic draw from the holster skills are primary Concealed Carry skills for anyone that will be carrying a firearm in public. Drawing from the holster is an area of much danger and that’s why some ranges do not allow it. Be sure that you have proper instruction from a qualified instructor, and practice your skills to a competent level.  You also need to check the rules of the range where you will practice these skills. You need to be able to draw your gun to a ready position and fire shots on target.

Gun Stoppages –

Any interruption in the cycle of a gun functioning is a gun stoppage. By this definition, an empty gun is a stoppage, no round in the chamber is a stoppage, a primer that fails to ignite and results in a stoppage, a failure of the slide to go into battery is a stoppage. All of these issues are addressed with a single set of skills. Any ‘failure to go bang’ results in the gun being drawn back to a physical reference point, the magazine base is struck to ensure that it is properly seated and the offhand continues and ends up grasping the slide, at the cocking serrations, and fully running the slide to the rear and releasing it at that point. If it is determined that the gun is at slide lock, a reload is conducted. Next, a proper two-handed grip is established and the weapon is driven straight toward the threat, shooting if needed. These are primary Concealed Carry skills. You need to know how to put your gun back in working order for any type of gun stoppage including recognizing when your firearm needs to be reloaded.  My favorite gun stoppage training video of all time is Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch.  This video gives you all you need to know about pistol stoppages

The Performance Objective

The performance objective for the Concealed Carry student is to be able to shoot a simple state level qualification course to a 100 percent standard starting from a ready position. Shooting a qualification course provides a mild degree of stress for the student and that is used as a stress inoculation. The State of Arizona Qualification Course from Arizona’s Firearms-Safety Program is one that I like to use. Colorado has no shooting requirement for a concealed carry permit. Using a state accepted course has value because, in the event of legal complications, jurors may not grasp the value of the XYZ training company qualification course, but a state recognized qualification may be more understandable.

Legal Issues-

Instruction on legal issues and how they are applied in the context of self-defense is most important in the concealed carry arena. Most of my students get a good background on basic Colorado use of force laws covering both inside and outside the home. I think the information that Andrew Branca teaches is far and above any other on the study of self-defense law. Andrews book is available on the Law of Self Defense website or on Amazon. He also has one-day classes around the country that you can attend.

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