One local training facility that offers the required classes to obtain a license is Tall Guns LLC, where the instructions are designed for those already familiar with handling firearms, as well as basic pistol courses.
Adhering to strict safety procedures when cleaning and maintaining a pistol is critical, but equally important was this tip from instructor Buddy Meyers during a recent class: don’t clean the ammunition.
“During the 70’s when Daryl Gates was chief of police in Los Angeles, he had inspections before every officer went out on patrol,” Meyers told the class. “And because of these inspections a lot of police officers were polishing the casings of their ammunition.”
“When they tested six officer’s guns with six rounds each, they had 36 misfires,” Meyers said.
Cleaning solvents had destroyed the ammunition.
Colorado as well as federal laws is covered as part of the class, including the restrictions on where a concealed weapon cannot be carried that includes schools, post offices, courthouses and federal buildings.
Colorado currently has reciprocity with 31 other states, but those state’s laws as well as federal laws must be followed when travelling with weapons.
Most Coloradans are familiar with the new gun laws passed by the state legislature last year that mandate universal background checks for private sales and restrict magazine capacity to 15 rounds.
Not as widely publicized are the restrictions on gun owners who are also taking advantage of the recent legalization of marijuana.
According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s office, the use of illegal drugs is a disqualifier for obtaining a concealed handgun permit.
Even with the legalization of limited amounts of marijuana, it is still a violation of U.S. law, which means no concealed handgun permit in Colorado.
So if you plan to use, possess, cultivate or distribute marijuana, don’t plan on getting that concealed carry license.