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Overview for Colorado

Colorado allows citizens to keep unloaded long guns in their vehicle. Handgun kept in a vehicle are not considered concealed and so no permit is needed to legally keep one in a private vehicle.

As of July 1, 2013 all private sales are required to have universal background checks. Dealers must keep detailed records on the exchange or sale of handguns. Included in these records is the buyer’s personal information (height, age, address, etc.) and the guns information (make, caliber, serial number, etc.) These records can be inspected by the police at any time.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry Yes Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Colorado.

Colorado Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Colorado Magazine Capacity

15 rounds
15 rounds

The sale, transfer and possession of a large-capacity magazine is prohibited in Colorado.

Colorado Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in Colorado?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in Colorado:

BB Gun Pellet Gun

Does Colorado have a gun buy back program?

Yes, Colorado has a gun buy back program.

A gun buyback program in Utah aims to decrease the amount of unwanted weapons in circulation. You can get a visa gift card if you turn in your single shot/non-semi automatic rifles, including double barrel shotguns for $50. For handguns and semi-automatic rifles you can get $150. For any assault style rifle you can get $250 for turning those in.

Does Colorado have an inheritance gun law?

Yes, Colorado has an inheritance gun law.

Colorado FAQ

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