Back in July, I published a story Restricted Concealed Carry Pueblo Colorado and in that article I stated that Concealed Carry was restricted on public transportation, specifically bus transportation.
Gary from handgunlaw.us recently asked me:
Rick, I am the Co-Owner of www.handgunlaw.us and Reading your site you posted back on Jul 18 about concealed carry and No Open Carry Signs. You stated the places that those with a permit/license to carry can not carry and you stated Public Transportation (Bus). I can’t find this in state law or the Admin Rules. Can you tell me where this is in CO Law/Regs as I don’t have that listed as a place off limits for Colorado. Any assistance you can give Handgunlaw.us in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Stay safe, Gary Slider
I started to look through outlines from all the education courses I attended, but was unable to locate any citations as to where one might find this information. I looked through the Colorado Revised Statutes and could not find the spot where concealed carry on public transportation was discussed. Today I called the RTD Regional Transportation District in Denver and asked the question of the customer service rep named Mark who took my call. I explained what I wanted to know and we looked together through website information to no avail. Mark then took all my information and said someone would get back to me. About an hour later I received a phone call from a Detective and a Captain with the RTD, and they proceeded to tell me exactly what I wanted to know. The statute is listed below and the key to the whole cite is “without legal authority”. As Concealed Carry Permit holders, we have legal authority as granted with our Concealed Carry Permits. I will be checking with several other cities, including Colorado Springs and Pueblo, to see if there are any notices posted on the transportation in those jurisdictions.
Concealed Carry Rules and Regulations
Remember that I teach information that I believe to be factual, and if anything, I lean on the cautious side. I have always stated to all my students that we can all learn, none of us know everything, but it is always ultimately your responsibility to check for yourself.
Concealed Carry information can hide in places like this…
COLORADO REVISED STATUTES
*** This document reflects changes current through all laws passed
at the Second Regular and First Extraordinary Sessions
of the Sixty-Eighth General Assembly of the State of Colorado 2012
and Constitutional and Statutory amendments approved at the General Election on November 6, 2012 ***
TITLE 18. CRIMINAL CODE
ARTICLE 9. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE, ORDER, AND DECENCY
PART 1. PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER
C.R.S. 18-9-118 (2012)
18-9-118. Firearms, explosives, or incendiary devices in facilities of public transportation A person commits a class 6 felony if, without legal authority, he has any loaded firearm or explosive or incendiary device, as defined in section 9-7-103, C.R.S., in his possession in, or carries, brings, or causes to be carried or brought any of such items into, any facility of public transportation, as defined in section 18-9-115 (4).HISTORY: Source:. L. 77: Entire section added, p. 976, § 7, effective June 29.L. 89: Entire section amended, p. 841, § 89, effective July 1.C.R.S. 18-9-118
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1. Don’t Do Stupid Things.
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3. Don’t Have Stupid Friends.
If you attend Patrick Watt’s Law and Legal Class on Nov 6th 2011 at Pueblo Municipal Shooters you will be helped with answers for 2 out of 3. The third one is all on you. Seriously this class has great info for anyone concerned about the gun laws of Colorado, and is not just for those that are thinking of getting a concealed carry permit. It is actually great information for anyone that has a gun in their home or car, and for anyone who is worried about having to defend themselves or their families against intruders in their home or business.
Concealed Carry Laws
in Colorado are fairly straight forward and in this 4 hour class they become even clearer because of the great experience of the instructor Patrick Watts.
Law and Legal for Concealed Carry
is only $15 so set aside the Sunday afternoon for a great learning session with one of the top authorities in the area. If you don’t have your concealed carry permit don’t worry this is great info for those that are thinking about it, already have it, or just want to be sure of the Colorado laws. Concealed Carry laws in Colorado are very straight forward and the make my day law is one of the best in the country, learn about concealed carry in school zones and many other topics.
CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico
Just got back from a trip to New Mexico and before I went I decided to look up the rules of concealed carry and make sure about the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. I looked several places and it all seemed easy, but then I went to USCCA and the travel reciprocity map(for members only) had New Mexico painted red. I wrote an email to their email support for members and got a response in less than 24 hours and here it is.
Hi Rick, The latest information from New Mexico Public Information Office is that New Mexico has only one formal reciprocity agreement in place and that is with Texas. See the paragraph below. Note that the website states there are “informal” agreements with other states. We have taken the position that we do not want to show reciprocity for those states where the decision of an individual, NM state trooper might disagree.
New Mexico Department of Public Safety is reevaluating the status of eighteen other states currently recognized on an informal basis, with the intent of entering into written agreements with these states to ensure compliance. These states are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.
What a great response and a super resource the USCCA is, but I decided to do what every responsible gun owner should do…I called the New Mexico Department of Public Safety myself to check the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. Talking with them they assured me that I could carry in New Mexico without a problem. In addition, I did review all the little rules they have that may be different than ours, such as you can only carry one gun…not a problem for me, also they have different rules for places that serve Liquor.
This just goes to show the well informed responsible gun owner is always better prepared to stay out of trouble and have a great trip. The USCCA(United States Concealed Carry Association) can help with great information and they are always willing to help!!!
I currently recommend www.handgunlaw.us for all of my students that travel with firearms and need to know the CCW Reciprocity between Colorado and New Mexico. This seems to be the most comprehensive of all the places you can look up the laws and the reciprocity, and it is the place that the industry recommends most of the time.