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Tl;dr yes OP, you don't need any permits at all to buy a gun. I don't know off the top of my head if gun buyers have any sort of waiting period for non-CC permit holders (often in many states it's a 3 day wait for a handgun and no wait whatsoever for a rifle, at least in FL it was), but yeah you can buy anything you want. Not sure if it's possible to legally obtain a handgun inside Colorado <21 and therefore own a handgun if 18+ but over 21, since private sales are banned apart from bona fide loans or gifts between immediate family members/trustees.
Denver has a 10rd mag limit, and some place called Vail has a 20 round mag limit, and any mags purchased after 2013 are limited to 15 rounds.
For that reason (15rd mag limit even though that mag limit is rarely enforced and they can't prove the magazine wasn't purchased before or during 2013), if your first gun purchase is strictly for home and car self defense and you want a full size, higher caliber, high capacity, and more accurate handgun instead of a concealed carry gun (think police sized, instead of tiny 7 or 8 round .32/.380/9mm pocket pistols that fit in the front pocket of a pair of jeans), I'd highly suggest a police surplus used Smith and Wesson military & police .40 handgun. I suggest this because it's standard magazine capacity is 15 rounds, and it costs around $300, or about ~50-60% of the price of a new glock.
If you want a glock instead, or want a gun chambered in 9mm because it's slightly less recoil and usually a bit cheaper per bullet, get the "compact" aka medium size version of the glock series, which is the glock 19. It has a standard magazine capacity of 15, and if you want to technically break the law but in a way that they'll never be able to prove, you can physically go out of the state or have a friend illegally reship you 9mm glock magazines originally designed for the full size glock 17 that fit into the glock 19 just fine (holds 17 rounds instead of 15, which tbh two extra rounds is totally not worth the potential legal hassle). Personally all that legal hassle for 2 more bullets is asinine, BUT the biggest point is, instead of buying glock 17 magazines that aren't worth the hassle, you can go out of state and buy 33 round high capacity magazines originally built for the glock 18 I believe. Definitely make sure to pay in cash and leave no evidence they were purchased during or after 2013.
There are loads of good .380 and 9mm slim tiny single stack 7 or 8 round (6+1 or 7+1 in the chamber) out there. There's also some good 5, 6, and even 7 round revolvers too. If you want a cheap bolt action rifle, mosin nagants are okay if you manage to get one for under $120-150. Mossberg and Remmington both make excellent 12 or 20 gauge shotguns (I suggest 12 gauge). I'm biased towards Ruger in terms of fun good quality .22 rifles to plink cans with.
You'll probably find the best or nearly the best deal from an online site called bud's gun shop. The way it works is you pay the company for the firearm, they ship it to a local gun shop or anyone that has a FFL (federal firearms license) allowing them to legally sell guns and of course run FBI background checks. That process of buying online and doing the background check paperwork is called a "FFL transfer."
Do some online research on the cheapest FFL transfer costs in your region as long as the lowered price is worth the drive for you. FFL transfers in Ohio and Florida are $25-40, usually $30-35 per firearm IME.
Oh, and if you get a handgun, it looks like if you're in your car, you can "carry" it in your pocket or put it in the center console of your car loaded AND with a round chambered (always keep a chamber loaded handgun in a holster). If it's a rifle or shotgun in your car, it can have a loaded magazine inserted into the long gun, but the chamber must be empty.
Thats all specifically for Colorado. Also according to the peaceful journey law or whatever its called, you can bring your gun that's otherwise legal in Colorado but illegal in Denver (so called assault rifles or guns with a magazine greater than 10 rounds) through Denver city limits as long as you're genuinely traveling through the city to another destination where your gun is legal, as long as you only stop for gas and arguab…
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