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Firearm Safety FAQs

As one of the best handgun safety centers on Colorado’s Front Range, our team of experts makes sure that you have all of the resources you need to become a responsible gun owner. To prepare you as much as possible, the team at Colorado Handgun Safety has compiled a list of some of the most common questions we receive regarding firearm training.
A handgun training class is required to get a CCW permit if you have no other valid proof of training in the last 10 years. A training class is essential to learning proper gun handling, safety, storage, and marksmanship techniques. Even experienced shooters are encouraged to take handgun classes periodically to refresh their skills.
Carrying concealed is the smarter way to go. Carrying your gun in plain view gives away all the tactical advantages you gain by having your gun hidden.
In Colorado, you must have a valid CCW permit to conceal a firearm on your person. It is a misdemeanor weapons charge to carry concealed without a permit in Colorado, and in some states, it’s a felony.
In Colorado, you do not need to explain why you want a CCW permit. However, some other more restrictive states will make their citizens provide a reason or proof of need.
A CCW permit applicant must be at least 21 years old to obtain a permit. Individuals under 21 can receive an emergency permit due to imminent danger. There is no maximum age limit. If you’re under the age requirement, you can still attend our training courses! You can receive your certificate of completion and then apply for your permit once you turn 21 years old.
A CCW permit is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
Yes, you can use your Colorado CCW permit in states that have formal reciprocity with our state. Currently, the Colorado CCW permit is honored in 32 states. You must follow the laws of the state you are in while you carry. Remember to check the laws of the state you’re visiting before you begin your trip.
After successfully completing one of our CCW courses, the certificate you receive is valid for 10 years.
In most Colorado counties, the cost is between $102.50 and $152.50. Up to one hundred dollars goes to the sheriff’s office for processing fees, and $52.50 goes to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for the background and fingerprint check.
If you are on active duty, you are not required to take a class, but we recommend that you do. The rules of engagement and deadly force are different in civilian life. It is essential to know what you can and cannot do legally. Your military career can be affected if you don’t thoroughly understand your rights.
If your DD-214 is less than 3 years old, you are not required to take a class. If your DD-214 is more than 3 years old but less than 10 years old, it must show pistol qualification within the last 10 years. If your DD-214 is more than 10 years old, you have to attend a class or show other written proof of training taken within the last 10 years.
Yes, you must apply with the sheriff’s office of the county you reside in. If you move to another county in Colorado, you must notify your previous sheriff within 30 days.
No, you do not have to register the gun you will be using with your CCW permit. The permit is for the user, not the firearm.
If you’re purchasing a firearm and don’t know which one to choose, our instructors can discuss your needs and steer you in the right direction. We are not gun dealers, but we have a select list of firearms dealers we recommend.
No shooting or written test is required to get the Colorado CCW permit. However, if you take the NRA Basic Pistol course, there is a written test that students need to score 90 percent or better on, and live-fire training is included.
When applying for your concealed carry permit, beware that some counties require you to make an appointment to get your application processed while others don’t. When you arrive to get processed, you will be fingerprinted, photographed, and the sheriff will collect your application fees. In addition, the sheriff will review your application and copy your training certificate.
All of the Colorado Handgun Safety instructors are insured.

Colorado Handgun Safety Is Here To Answer Your Questions

At Colorado Handgun Safety, we strive to be your go-to resource for all of your handgun safety training needs. Our instructors have the experience and knowledge needed to answer any questions you may have. From wanting to know the difference between various types of handguns to wanting to be informed about different handgun laws, we make sure we can answer all of your questions. If you still have questions that we didn’t answer above, please contact our team!

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