So, I had a discussion with my neighbor today. Retired, Vietnam vet, SS recipient...read 'limited income.' Talks turned to the shooting at the local wallyworld. He is a gun owner. He wants to be able to carry for self defense. But his limited budget does not allow for paying the fees necessary to obtain a CCW here in Colorado. Cost at this time is around ~$280. His dilemma is one that I'm sure alot of people face in this state, along with others around the country. Housing prices alone are out of control. Knowing that the 2a is a right, how far does that extend? Everyone has a right to protect themselves. But, does that right only extend to those who have the funds to pay to exercise that right? Colorado is an open-carry state, barring the city and county of Denver, along with a few other municipalities. So, it's possible to carry in some areas open, but that could also put a target on your back. Yes, adages abound about trials and caskets, but what is one to do? Just carry open where you can? Just say eff it and carry concealed anyway and hope for the best, knowing that you're broke and if caught, legal fees and such could ruin you and your family? Legal ramifications of using a firearm for self-defense without a CCW? Anyone care to offer some nuggets of wisdom? Do we have a lawyer in the house? Right is right, but legal is legal. What say you?