Where can you Conceal Carry with a CCW Permit?

Federal and State Concealed Carry Permit Laws

Federal law can be enforced within every state in the union. These are national laws that apply equally no matter which state you reside. Equally important are state laws, where the state may add, extend, or modify the restrictions set forth by federal law. If you carry concealed in a place that’s permitted by your state, you will not be arrested and charged for a crime, however, if the same place is covered under federal law, there’s a good chance you’ll be charged with breaking the law under federal law.
This can get a bit confusing. In Colorado, the state has legalized use of marijuana for both personal and medical reasons. Colorado is experiencing one of the largest influx in new tax revenues and residents as citizens flock to the state where they can enjoy lighting up. Technically, every store that sells marijuana in Colorado is in violation of federal law and are subject to the fines and imprisonments set forth. However, each state can make its own laws, a right established in our Constitution. Therefore, a conflict in law occurs.
In Idaho, as of July 1, 2014, students and visitors to Idaho State Colleges and Universities will be able to carry a concealed weapon on campus with some restrictions attached. On March 13, 2014
republican Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed HYPERLINK "http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.pdf"SB1254 into law, which reads in part, “It is the intent of this Legislature to provide for the safety of students, faculty and staff of state colleges and universities to allow for the possession or carrying of firearms by certain licensed persons … with the exception of carrying within student dormitories and residence halls, and within public entertainment facilities, as defined.” It’s important to note this law applies to Colleges and Universities and does not apply to high schools and elementary schools. Henceforth, another conflict in law has occurred.
Finally, some laws can be extremely quirky. In Florida, you can consume alcohol in a restaurant dining room without restriction, however, should you enter the bar area carrying a firearm, you have committed a felony under Florida law. In New Mexico, you can enter a food store chain (such as Albertson’s) and shop for your groceries UNLESS the store also sells alcoholic beverages, in which case you are breaking the law.

No Weapons Allowed Signs

In some states there are specific laws where a “No Weapons Allowed” sign creates a legal, punishable offence for carrying in a privately owned business declared as a “Gun Free Zone”. These states allow any business owner to declare their facility “off-limits” to law-abiding citizens who have passed federal, state, and local background checks. Unarming the law-abiding citizen creates a “Gun Safe” zone for the criminal, who is certainly not going to honor the sign posted on the door. If you live in one of these states, you have two choices: Honor the sign or choose not to enter the establishment. Absent uniformed armed guards and metal detectors, we always choose to not enter the establishment. Absent a state law that makes entering a punishable offence, we simply ignore these signs. We know we are entering as a law-abiding citizen with no intent to cause any trouble. We also know we're concealing properly, so we know the owner or manager has no idea we are carrying (nor are we breaking any laws). If they “spot me” and ask me to leave, we’ll leave immediately (if we don’t, we are now breaking the law by refusing to leave when asked; a.k.a.: trespassing).

Churches, Synagogues, and other Houses of Worship

Should you carry while attending church? The answer lies between you and your God, state law, and church rules. Unless expressively prohibited by state law, carrying in church (hereafter, any religious place of worship), if you are allowed to carry, absent any moral conflicts, you should. Who knows when a person is mentally distraught will enter a church to get even with his church leader, “God” or other deity? It could be their prayers were not answered, they lost a loved one, or some other life-changing event has occurred-they could be members of a radical religious group. There are hundreds of reports of shootings occurring in or on church grounds. If your church has a policy that prevents concealed carry, check local and state laws before you decide to disobey the rule. For example, there may be no specific law related to churches, but there may be specific laws where a “No Guns Allowed” sign creates a punishable offence for carrying in a publically declared “Gun Free Zone”. Again, this is a personal choice, but don’t believe for a minute your church is somehow protected from criminals. There are plenty of criminals in prison who have religious beliefs.

Carrying Concealed on School Grounds


This portion of our web site is to provide a general overview of some of the most important gun laws that exist in our country and in the State of Colorado.



If you reside in Nevada or intend to apply for the Colorado Carry and Concealed Weapons License, Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training has a class dedicated to the legalities of gun ownership which meets the state of Colorado requirements. Please contact us if you are interested in attending this class.
Carrying in school zones is illegal at the federal level. In Idaho, a recent change in law allows citizens who possess the Idaho Enhanced Carry and Concealed Weapons license to carry on collage campuses but with certain restrictions. There are hundreds of debates whether licensed, law-abiding citizens, teachers or staff members should be permitted to carry in elementary and high schools, which may also include entering the parking lot when dropping the children off for class. Since this is regulated by both state and federal laws, most which prohibit concealed carry on school grounds, you should avoid doing so at all cost. Check with a local attorney or the police department before you ever enter a school; concealed carry permit or not.

Federal Buildings

Federal buildings are expressly forbidden from concealed license permit holders. This includes anything to do with the federal government, including post offices.


Courthouses expressly forbid carrying a firearm into the building, regardless of your concealed license permit status.

Detention Facilities and Police Stations

Detention Facilities and Police Stations expressly forbid carrying a firearm into the building, regardless of your concealed license permit status.

Businesses that serve or sell Alcohol or Alcoholic Beverages

We all know alcohol and guns don't mix. However, just because you're in an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption either on premise or to take home does not mean you are going to partake in its consumption while out in public. This is an area where you need to check with an attorney or the local police regarding the law. In some states, you are perfectly welcome to carry concealed provided you are not intoxicated. That's a bit too prohibitive because it implies you can have a drink or two so long as you are not legally under the influence temptation which makes us a bit uncomfortable. If you're carrying a weapon, you certainly would never want to take the chance, no matter how small, that you fired your weapon under questionable circumstances.
Other states have additional conditions, such as our earlier citing of New Mexico law-who would think shopping at a place like Albertson’s or Wal-Mart could end you up in jail? Florida was also mentioned-it’s okay to drink in the restaurant but not in the lounge-what kind of logic is employed with this law? There’s also laws that state if a restaurant serves any liquor, anywhere in the establishment, you cannot conceal carry. In Texas, it’s illegal to enter a liquor store with a concealed weapon compared to Vermont where you cannot conceal carry but you can open carry and have a few drinks-crazy!
We would suggest if you are carrying, not to do so in a tavern; period, regardless of the law. If you are traveling in different states, definitely check out their laws ahead of time. This is similar to laws where you don’t have to inform police you’re carrying in one state but where you must inform them in the next state. Don’t make the assumption because you can eat at Denny’s with a lounge in Idaho that you can do so at one in Wyoming. Always consult a local attorney or law enforcement regarding these laws.

Public Stadiums and Sports Events 

Most states have regulations that prohibit the possession of a concealed weapon at a major public event.Check with a local attorney or law enforcement for details.

Local State Laws and Jurisdictions

Some states have laws which will specifically outline that carrying concealed in a state facility is illegal while others will be more specific. A common question would entail someplace like the local library-do state laws prohibit concealed carry in a library? Or are libraries exempt? Do they need to be explicitly identified? What about city hall? The state capitol building? Museums? These are all areas where you’ll need to check with a local attorney or law enforcement before you assume you can enter the building.
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