2022 Colorado Code
Title 18 - Criminal Code
Article 12 - Offenses Relating to Firearms and Weapons
Part 2 - Permits to Carry Concealed Handguns
§ 18-12-202. Definitions

Universal Citation: CO Code § 18-12-202 (2022)

As used in this part 2, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. Repealed.
  2. "Certified instructor" means an instructor for a firearms safety course who is certified as a firearms instructor by:
    1. A county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement agency;
    2. The peace officers standards and training board created in section 24-31-302, C.R.S.;
    3. A federal military agency; or
    4. A national nonprofit organization that certifies firearms instructors, operates national firearms competitions, and provides training, including courses in personal protection, in small arms safety, use, and marksmanship.
  3. "Chronically and habitually uses alcoholic beverages to the extent that the applicant's normal faculties are impaired" means:
    1. The applicant has at any time been committed as a person with an alcohol use disorder pursuant to section 27-81-111 or 27-81-112; or
    2. Within the ten-year period immediately preceding the date on which the permit application is submitted, the applicant:
      1. Has been committed as a person with an alcohol use disorder pursuant to section 27-81-109 or 27-81-110; or
      2. Has had two or more alcohol-related convictions under section 42-4-1301 (1) or (2), C.R.S., or a law of another state that has similar elements, or revocations related to misdemeanor, alcohol-related convictions under section 42-2-126, C.R.S., or a law of another state that has similar elements.
      3. A firearms safety course or class that is offered and taught by a certified instructor.
  4. "Handgun" means a handgun as defined in section 18-12-101 (1)(e.5); except that the term does not include a machine gun as defined in section 18-12-101 (1)(g).
    1. "Handgun training class" means:

      (I) A law enforcement training firearms safety course;

      (II) A firearms safety course offered by a law enforcement agency, an institution of higher education, or a public or private institution or organization or firearms training school, that is open to the general public and is taught by a certified instructor; or

    2. Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection (5), "handgun training class" does not include any firearms safety course that allows a person to complete the entire course:
      1. Via the internet or an electronic device; or
      2. In any location other than the physical location where the certified instructor offers the course.
  5. "Permit" means a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued pursuant to the provisions of this part 2; except that "permit" does not include a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to section 18-12-209.
  6. "Sheriff" means the sheriff of a county, or his or her designee, or the official who has the duties of a sheriff in a city and county, or his or her designee.
  7. "Training certificate" means a certificate, affidavit, or other document issued by the instructor, school, club, or organization that conducts a handgun training class that evidences an applicant's successful completion of the class requirements.

Source: L. 2003: Entire part added, p. 636, § 1, effective May 17. L. 2010: (3)(a) and (3)(b)(I) amended, (SB 10-175), ch. 188, p. 787, § 32, effective April 29. L. 2013: (1) repealed, (HB 13-1229), ch. 47, p. 137, § 7, effective March 20; (5) amended, (SB 13-195), ch. 278, p. 1450, § 1, effective May 24. L. 2018: (3)(a) and (3)(b)(I) amended, (SB 18-091), ch. 35, p. 386, § 19, effective August 8.

Cross references: For the legislative declaration in SB 18-091, see section 1 of chapter 35, Session Laws of Colorado 2018.

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