In my last post – Hot Coffee and Cold Comfort in Colorado – I wrote that I was looking forward to getting a non-resident Colorado concealed carry permit. Alert members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia pointed out that Colorado doesn’t offer a non-resident concealed carry. So I can’t get one. Correct. Unfortunately, I didn’t know this until my post published. I’ve amended the text and published an apology at the bottom of the Coffee post. The reason I thought that I could get a non-resident Colorado concealed carry permit was . . .
that’s what a Colorado concealed carry class instructor told me. To be clear, when I booked his course, I made it perfectly clear that I was NOT a Colorado resident. In between the last post and this one, I’ve talked to the instructor. He admitted that he didn’t know if I could or not get a Colorado concealed carry permit as an out-of-state resident. Sigh.
As part of my post-flub research, I called the county in which my mother lives to clarify the law on concealed carry. The nice woman working at the Sheriff’s department told me I cannot obtain the permit without a Colorado driver’s license. Period.
I had – and still have – no intention of breaking the law and claiming Colorado residency. I simply wanted to carry inside The Rocky Mountain State legally. I repeat, I would not have lied and claimed Colorado residency simply to get a carry permit. My right to keep in bear arms is very important to me, but not to the point that I would bend and stretch the laws; or flat-out break a law.
My apologies for the original post. I’ve learned a valuable lesson about fact checking. I’ll work harder to make sure I get my facts straight in the future. Thanks for keeping me honest, and helping me tell the truth about guns.