Concealed Carry Permits In Colorado Is Governed By A State Constitution
State constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are just a few states – like Arizona, Vermont, and Alaska – which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in Colorado.
Do you know the laws where you live in Colorado, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.
While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in Colorado you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm. Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis.
There are three types of Concealed Carry in States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional Carry
Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in Colorado may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well.
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The Colorado State Constitution States: “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”
Colorado has become a state divided on the issue of Gun Control and an example of a political party’s agenda overriding not only what the citizens want but also what the majority of law enforcement officials want. Cleary the legislature acted on behalf of its own internal agendas and did not act for the will of the people. So far several elected legislatures (Democrats) are facing recall elections, and fifty four (54) elected sheriffs have not only gone publicly in opposition to the recently imposed gun control laws they have banded together to file a federal civil lawsuit against two gun-control bills passed by the Colorado legislature.
Various citizen groups in Colorado are fighting back to preserve their 2nd amendment rights; The issue committee Citizens for a Safer Colorado went so far as to file an initiative to amend the Colorado constitution to repeal the gun control laws passed by the legislature in March of 2013, and to prevent the legislature from ever passing such laws again. The initiative, if approved, would in future refer such measures to a vote of the people.
Because the Colorado constitution already protects the right to bear arms, many feel that the legislature’s actions, influenced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and orchestrated by Senate President John Morse, are unconstitutional. The pending federal lawsuits will be watched by all other states and the US Congress.
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights. In an era in which recall efforts are booming, from governor's offices down to town councils and school boards, the Colorado efforts will serve as the first test of gun-rights groups' ability to punish elected officials who expanded gun control laws. Three Democratic Colorado state legislatures are facing recall.
"Colorado seems to be the testing ground for some of the gun measures, so this has national implications,"
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Democratic Senate President John Morse; The first-ever recall election of a lawmaker in Colorado history is moving forward after the secretary of state's office announced that organizers submitted more than enough valid signatures from voters upset with his support for the passage of this year's gun control laws.
In Colorado the citizens are not happy when their elected officials disregard the will of the people, as such a recall effort is also underway targeting Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) the effort has moved forward when enough gathered petition signatures were verified by the Colorado secretary of state's office. In a recent quote by a Colorado pro-gun group; “Giron’s disregard for the majority of her constituents to vote no on anti-Second Amendment issues and her general disregard of our Constitution and the rights of the citizens of Colorado demonstrates she must be removed from the Senate,”.
Both Angela Giron and Colorado Senate President John Morse face potential recalls after gun rights group file recall petitions with the state. Both legislators are defiant and refuse to resign. It is now a test of the will of the people against self-serving career liberal politicians who allowed themselves to be influenced by out of state organizations and did not take the time to listen to their own constituency..
In defiance of the Colorado state legislature a small town on Colorado is sending a strong message; As much of the nation continues to debate gun control and as Colorado gets ready to implement sweeping new gun control laws just passed in the latest legislative session, one small town in southwest Colorado has decided to go in the opposite direction by passing an ordinance that makes gun ownership mandatory. Nucla, Colorado, about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and with a population of less than 1,000, recently passed an ordinance on a 5-1 vote which requires a head of a household to own a gun. It may be nothing more than symbolic yet history has taught us that great things can come from very humble beginnings.
A rural Colorado school board has given two of its top administrators a new title: Security Officer, a title which grants the administrators the ability to legally carry guns in schools and effectively bypasses Colorado's gun laws. Dove Creek and the Dolores County School District a small rural community in the southwest corner of the state voted to give Superintendent Bruce Hanks and Assistant Superintendent Ty Gray the authority to carry firearms in school because the district is so small they couldn't afford to hire a full-time security officer.
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