How to Transport a Gun in Colorado

How to Transport a Gun in Colorado

Are you moving or traveling in Colorado and want to bring your gun? If so, you must know the rules around transporting your firearm before going anywhere. Fortunately, Colorado Handgun Safety makes it easy to understand the rules so you can travel with peace of mind. Let’s break it down.

A handgun sitting on a passenger seat in a vehicle

Colorado Gun Laws and Vehicles

If you’re transporting a gun, it’s likely through your car. As a result, it’s vital to understand Colorado gun laws about having a firearm in a vehicle. According to the Colorado Department of Safety, you can openly carry a gun in your car to protect a person or your property, regardless of whether or not you have a permit. However, the chambers must be unloaded. If you’re traveling from Colorado to another state, check out this updated reciprocity list to see if any Colorado gun laws carry over. 

Tips for Transporting Your Gun in a Car Safely

Transporting your gun safely in your vehicle is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid the glove compartment
  • Invest in secure, temporary storage
  • Don’t advertise your gun
  • Take part in a firearms course

These tips allow you to transport your gun in your vehicle safely. The goal is to be discreet and keep your gun secured until you arrive at your destination. 

A gun sitting in a hotel safe

Transporting a Gun to a Colorado Hotel

If you’re traveling for vacation or work and want to transport your firearm to a hotel in Colorado, there are some rules to note. Even though Colorado is an open carry state, there are still laws governing the practice. 

For example, you must be 18 or older to carry a firearm in Colorado. Additionally, you can’t have a gun in certain places, such as schools or government buildings. Even though open carry is legal in Colorado, you may have to leave a business or other private property if the owner or manager asks you to. Therefore, before you book your hotel, it’s best to call ahead and see what their firearm policies are in advance.

Colorado Concealed Carry Laws 

If you want to conceal carry in Colorado, the rules are different. Concealed carry means carrying a gun in a way that is not visible to others. You must have a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in Colorado. 

Additionally, the gun must be out of plain view and carried in a manner not obvious to others. You must be at least 21 to obtain a concealed carry permit in Colorado and have completed a firearms training course.

A woman inserting a gun into her purse to conceal it from view

Educate Yourself on Colorado Gun Laws With Colorado Handgun Safety

It’s possible to safely transport a gun in Colorado, but it’s vital to be as educated as possible regarding Colorado gun laws. An easy way to do that is to enroll in local CCW classes. If you want a CCW but don’t have one yet, Colorado law requires you to complete a handgun safety or concealed carry course before applying. 

Colorado Handgun Safety offers CCW classes in Colorado designed to help you understand the law and stay safe while carrying and transporting a firearm. View our class schedule or contact us today to learn more about safely transporting guns in Colorado.

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