Q. Where can I NOT carry my handgun with a valid Colorado concealed carry permit?

A. Unlike many states, Colorado prohibits carry with a permit in very few places.    The permit is not good at places where firearms are prohibited by Federal law.  It is also not valid for concealed carry at any public elementary school, public middle school or public high school.  It is also not acceptable at a public building which has security personnel and metal detectors to prevent carry of firearms into the building, and which has all persons leave their firearm in the custody of the security personnel while visiting the building.   The Colorado state judiciary, as a separate, co-equal branch of government, has authorized the chief judge in each judicial district to prohibit firearms as they see fit, without complying with this law.  A few rural courthouses in Colorado may still not screen visitors for firearms or regulate firearms being brought into the courthouse, but most prohibit weapons, screen for them, and do not provide any facilities for persons carrying with a concealed carry permit to store their firearm while visiting the building.   Other government offices located in the courthouse will piggyback on the courthouse screening, to prohibit firearms without complying with this statute.  

Place  Concealed Carry Prohibited by law?
Primary or secondary school Yes
Casino No
Bank No
Government office No
College No
Bar No
Church No
Stadium No
Polling Place No
Hospital No
Amusement Park No
Restaurant No
Post Office Yes
Secure area of airport Yes
Unsecure area of airport No

Concealed carry at establishments which serve alcohol is legal in Colorado.  Concealed carry at public colleges is legal, and the college may not prohibit it.  See Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, LLC, 271 P.3d 496 (Colo. 2012).    http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/opinions/2010/10SC344.pdf.  Concealed carry in casinos is legal.  Concealed carry in churches or at stadiums or other public gatherings is also legal.   Colorado does not have a scheme where private establishments can post a certain type of notice and render the permit void at that establishment.   Private establishments can prohibit carry if they wish, and in the event the person carrying is asked to leave and does not leave, that person can be arrested and charged with trespassing.  

18-12-214. Authority granted by permit - carrying restrictions.

(1) (a) A permit to carry a concealed handgun authorizes the permittee to carry a concealed handgun in all areas of the state, except

(2) A permit issued does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun into a place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

(3) A permit issued pursuant to this part 2 does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun onto the real property, or into any improvements erected thereon, of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school; except that:

(a) A permittee may have a handgun on the real property of the public school so long as the handgun remains in his or her vehicle and, if the permittee is not in the vehicle, the handgun is in a compartment within the vehicle and the vehicle is locked;

(b) A permittee who is employed or retained by contract by a school district as a school security officer may carry a concealed handgun onto the real property, or into any improvement erected thereon, of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school while the permittee is on duty;

(c) A permittee may carry a concealed handgun on undeveloped real property owned by a school district that is used for hunting or other shooting sports.

(4) A permit issued pursuant to this part 2 does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun into a public building at which:

(a) Security personnel and electronic weapons screening devices are permanently in place at each entrance to the building;

(b) Security personnel electronically screen each person who enters the building to determine whether the person is carrying a weapon of any kind; and

(c) Security personnel require each person who is carrying a weapon of any kind to leave the weapon in possession of security personnel while the person is in the building.

(5) Nothing in this part 2 shall be construed to limit, restrict, or prohibit in any manner the existing rights of a private property owner, private tenant, private employer, or private business entity.

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