So, what’s the concealed-weapons law?

A traveling salesman, Jim doesn’t need his concealed weapons permit where he spends most of his life: on the road.

His Glock handgun sits tucked away in a hip holster, which he keeps at the ready in his driver’s-side door panel while making the rounds in cities across the West.

It never goes with him on a sales call, said Jim, who did not want his last name published.

But the 51-year-old Fruita man added, “I like to have the option of not leaving it behind.”

Colorado law doesn’t care if weapons are hidden anywhere in your home or vehicle, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin. Rather, permits are required when you step out of your car, in public, while concealing a gun.

“Obviously, it’s good practice to let an officer know you have a gun if you’re getting pulled over,” she said.

State law prohibits possession of a firearm anytime someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the weapons can’t be brought onto property at schools, universities or colleges.

Handguns in full view on a hip holster are legal, but not the most sensible option, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.

“If you’re really interested in personal protection, you’re not going to draw attention to yourself,” Hilkey said.

Hilkey said deputies were briefed on the possibility of sidearm-wearing protesters showing up when Central High School hosted President Barack Obama’s health care forum in August.

Deputies met no armed protesters, Hilkey said.


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