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Hey guys i'm new to DefensiveCarry, and just had a quick couple questions about Open Carry in the state of Colorado. I recently PCS'd to Fort Carson, Colorado a couple months ago and bought a Glock 21 roughly a month ago. I've been doing research online and can't really find anything that gives me a solid answer. Thanks in advance!

  1. Do I need a Colorado State ID to OC in Colorado. If YES will a Military ID suffice?
  2. Where can I place my weapon while traveling in my vehicle? ie: On hip, in the door of the car, glove box. etc.
  3. While OC, is it legal to have a round chambered? If NOT may the magazine still be in the weapon?

These are the questions I have so far anyone please let me know your understandings and the laws! Thanks so much!
 

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1. No id is required to OC here. You may need id for other reasons (like driving) but not for OC.

2. In Colorado, you have the same right to carry a pistol as you do in your home. You cannot conceal it and non-pistols must not have a round in the chamber in a vehicle (hunting law).

3. Yes you can carry chambered legally.

Just a warning , OC is illegal in Denver and you may be hassled in the Denver suburbs but OC is common here in the Springs.
 

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^^^^^ These three nailed it. Enjoy Colorado, and head west into the mountains for some R&R when you have time. Most folks in the area really appreciate ya'll.

Ft. Carson has a nice range too!
 

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There are a few "gotchas" about open carry in Colorado you need to know:

- Denver is an OC NO GO zone (already mentioned).

- Local governmental agencies are legally permitted to restrict open carry (NOT CCW) in government owned buildings/parks, and most of them have done so in the Front rage corridor, placing most greenbelt and open space areas off limits to OC. This can be tricky, as you can be walking down a side walk and be perfectly fine, but step onto the grass of a park or a crossing sidewalk on a bike corridor and you are illegal. Any governmental owned building will generally have an "OC prohibited sign" on the door. We are fortunate that none of this gibberish extends to permitted concealed carry.

- OC'ing into the local mall or theater with a "no weapons" clause in their "code of conduct" [99.9% of malls & theaters have this clause] will most certainly get you prompt escort to your car.

Once a permit is obtained, CO has one of the most "liberal" CCW laws of any state. There are very few places that carrying is actually illegal, minus the standard public K-12 schools, post office, etc. There are no dumb 51% rules, public gathering restrictions, or .30-06 signs. GFZ signs are simply policy requests, and have no legal teeth besides asking you to leave. I suggest putting in for your permit ASAP to eliminate headaches.

I generally OC only on private property, rural areas, or on Federal NF/BLM/NP lands.

Good Luck!

Oh yes- And welcome from the hills of Boulder County!
 

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To specifically address the OP's #2, you can have a handgun fully loaded, magazine in, round in the chamber, anywhere in your car. Probably not a good idea to have a handgun in plain view, both from the point of view of a smash-and-grab robber and from the point of having the friendly cop who pulls you over for a busted tail light get overly excited. Specifically, yes, you can have a loaded pistol with a magazine in and a round in the chamber in your unlocked glove compartment or in an unlocked center console or in a holster affixed to the front of your driver's seat.

As to long guns (shotguns and rifles), you may have a loaded magazine in the long gun but you may NOT have a round in the chamber.
 

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I was told that a pistol anywhere in the car is legal with out a chl as long as it is not concealed on your person. So OC in the car is good to go.
 

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I was told that a pistol anywhere in the car is legal with out a chl as long as it is not concealed on your person. So OC in the car is good to go.
Here's the pertinent passage of C.R.S. 18-12-105 (bold mine):

LexisNexis said:
(2) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:

(a) 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; or

(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;
 
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