Colorado CHP Class Documents


Please review the following documents and links prior to the class. You don’t need to know the laws like a Police Officer would, but you need to be familiar with them to carry a gun around. You will need to memorize the 4 Cardinal Safety Rules and the loading and unloading procedures. This will be on the test and we will practice this IN CLASS so please study.

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Classroom Lecture Videos

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Chapter 1 – Firearms safety!

Chapter 2 – Firearms platforms, components, and maintenance

Chapter 3 – Malfunctions, stoppages, misfires, squibs, etc., and how to clear safely

Chapter 4 – Pistol handling, operation, stance, grip, sight alignment, etc.

Chapter 5 – Holster work: how to safely draw, holster, and deploy pistol

Chapter 6 – Firearms storage; alternatives, e.g. pepper spray, taser, K-9, etc.

Chapter 7 – Use of Force; Deadly Force; Colorado firearms laws; obtaining and maintaining your CHP

Chapter 8 – Colorado laws – misdemeanor; felony

Chapter 9 – Colorado laws – felony

Chapter 10 – Laws review; how to handle Police contact

Chapter 11 – Threat assessment; situational awareness; tactics; cover; concealment

Chapter 12 – Mindset; sheepdog attitude; self defense classes

Chapter 13 – How not to be a victim; when to engage; alertness; location; calling 9-1-1; what if; women’s intuition

Chapter 14 – When to get involved; the aftermath; why we carry a gun; treat a gunshot wound

Chapter 15 – Emotional, legal, criminal aftermath; how to respond to Police Interview and interrogation; guilt?

Chapter 16 – How to carry and train; why they don’t stop; DISENGAGE!

Chapter 17 – Safety gear; dry fire; continued & advanced training7




CHP Class Packet

Disclaimer; rules for safe gun handling & other safety rules; fundamentals of marksmanship; handgun parts & functions; ammunition; bullet types; handgun malfunctions; immediate action drill; what to do if stopped by the police; escalation of force; avoidance; stages of mental awareness; where can I carry my gun; self defense in Colorado; Colorado home defense law; I had to use my gun to defend myself…now what; other things to remember; carry options; continuing education; useful resource links; recommended literature; range rules; FBI crime stats regarding an armed public; list of Sheriff’s offices.

PowerPoint Notes (PDF)

Includes the 4 Cardinal Safety Rules—memorize! Please download and print (or have available on your phone, tablet, or laptop) and bring to class.

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

A visual reference of the slideshow presented in class.

Range Rules (PDF)

Please print and bring to class to sign.

Firearm Safety, Operation & Maintenance (PDF)

As a firearm owner, you accept a demanding responsibility. Download and review these essential basics.

Pistol Manipulation – Loading & Unloading (PDF)

Loading & unloading a firearm—memorize! Click for video demonstration.




Written Test (PDF)

Please print, complete and bring to class for grading.


Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP)

County Sheriffs of Colorado CHP Information Packet

Requirements, criteria, policies, etc.—print and keep for your future reference.

Provides links to the following resources:

County Sheriffs of Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit Application 

Address Change/Permit Lost Or Destroyed Form

Separated Law Enforcement Officer Authority to Carry Concealed Firearms

Alien Supplementary Questionnaire to Implement Federal Immigration Status Requirements

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Reciprocity

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Statutes


County Sheriff’s Offices


Adams County

Arapahoe County

Denver County

Jefferson County

Douglas County

Boulder County

Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit information by county.


Colorado Gun Laws


Colorado Gun Law Overview (PDF)


Open or concealed

May Not Carry

May Carry

Justification for the Use of Force and Deadly Force

Self Defense

No Duty to Retreat

Protection of Property

Protection of Others


Colorado Bureau of Investigation Firearms InstaCheck Unit

Provides links to the following resources:

Firearm Related Statutes 

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) FAQs

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Statutes

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Fees

Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Reciprocity

Colorado Bureau of Investigation – Firearm and Weapons Related Statutes


Colorado Legal Resources by LexisNexus

The following PDFs are provided for your quick reference but may since have been revised; refer to Colorado Legal Resources by LexisNexus for the most up-to-date information.

Criteria for obtaining a permit (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-203

Sheriff – application – procedure – background check (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-205

Colorado Revised Statutes Regarding Deadly Physical Force and Carrying Concealed Weapons (PDF) A single PDF overview of the following statutes:

Use of physical force in defense of a person (PDF) C.R.S. 18-1-704

Use of deadly physical force against an intruder (PDF) C.R.S. 18-1-704.5

Use of physical force in defense of premises (PDF) C.R.S. 18-1-705

Use of physical force in defense of property (PDF) C.R.S. 18-1-706

Use of physical force in making an arrest or in preventing an escape (PDF) C.R.S. 18-1-707

Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon – Unlawful Possession of Weapons (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-105

Permits for Concealed Weapons – Liability (Repealed) CRS. 18-12-105.1

Unlawfully Carrying A Concealed Weapon – Unlawful Possession Of Weapons – School, College, Or University Grounds (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-105.5

Limitation on Local Ordinances Regarding Firearms in Private Vehicles (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-105.6

Prohibited Use of Weapons (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-106

Forfeiture Of Firearms (PDF) C.R.S. 18-12-110

Permit To Bear Arms (Repealed) C.R.S. 24-20-202


Additional Resources


Concealed Carry Guns – GunDigest (PDF)

Magazine excerpt of concealed carry guns—an overview of semi-auto pistols for self defense.

HandgunLaw.US – Colorado (PDF)

Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) FAQs

U.S. & Texas LawShield

Colorado Gun Law Overview by US Law Shield (PDF)

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