5 Tips For Concealed Carry

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Aug 072018
 

Concealed Carry Training

Get some Training –
Get in a concealed carry class that will teach you the basics. Many people have never had exposure to handguns. Be sure that the Instructor you choose has a vast amount of experience in firearms and firearms training. Your Instructor should be a student of the industry and should be a Concealed Carry aficionado. Sometimes a Law Enforcement background or Military Service is not enough. I have had many of these individuals in my Concealed Carry classes over the years and many of them cannot unload a gun and make it safe without violating one of the rules of gun safety. You must learn the right way from the beginning otherwise you will have to break those bad habits later so that you can safely partake in the Concealed Carry lifestyle.

Learn Gun Safety –
Gun safety is paramount. Gun Safety is simple there are a short set of rules that most Concealed Carry Professionals in the industry follow. You have to learn them from someone who can show you why they matter. Just learning the rules without any reasoning behind it gives you no reference to complete the learning process. I want you to learn the Gun Safety Rules and I want you to be able to relate them the Concealed Carry process.

Laws and Regulations –
I have had many individuals in my class over the years that know the laws and regulations about guns and the carrying of them legally in the State of Colorado. Many of them are surprised about some of the information because they have it wrong. Many times what they have heard from family, friends and the coffee clutch is old information. Much of this information in class deals with GUN LAW. Gun law is the regulations we all have to deal with when we own a gun. Can a gun be in our car? Can it be loaded? Do we have to declare a gun to a Police officer in a traffic stop? Many of these are talked about by people who spread misinformation. You need to know the real scoop. Then there is the use of deadly force. Many experts around the industry like Andrew Branca have important information about the Laws of Self Defense. Andrews teachings and Books are considered the gospel when it comes to using a firearm for self-defense. I always give some significant information on this topic and how it applies to Concealed Carry.

Basic Gun Training-
Learning to handle firearms safely. This is done by being shown the proper way and then doing it in class so that you can handle your firearm safely when you leave class. Many accidents in real life happen when administratively handling your firearm. Loading and unloading, transporting to and from shooting and cleaning the firearm. No live ammunition is ever used in any classroom setting. Live ammunition is only a recipe for accidental discharges and injuries that may result. Any good training is going to give you Information for picking a good Concealed Carry Gun. Size of guns, Brands of Guns, Best actions Revolver vs Semi-Auto and the neverending caliber the argument. All of these and more are discussed in my Concealed Carry Class.

Learn to Shoot the Concealed Carry handgun you choose-
learning to shoot the Concealed Carry handgun of your choice is the ultimate goal. Most of the information that I have talked about prior to this is of no use to you if you do not learn to shoot your gun. Most of my students like the way I handle the live fire training in my courses. I do not do it in large groups. You will be learning the most up to date information about shooting and shooting methods.

links to other articles of Interest

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

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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 you can 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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