We all do crazy things sometimes when we're trying to impress someone we like. One man's idea of impressing another woman resulted in more than he hoped for. According to the news, the man allegedly fired a gun because he wanted to impress a woman who lived in his apartment complex. He was later arrested and charged with multiple offenses. In Denver, Montrose County and everywhere else in Colorado, this man would likely be charged with Prohibited Use of a Weapon, C.R.S. 18-12-106.
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Prohibited Use of a Weapon in Adams County, Colorado
The definition of Prohibited Use of a Weapon in Adams County, Jefferson County and across Colorado is:“
“A person commits a class 2 misdemeanor if:
(a) He knowingly and unlawfully aims a firearm at another person; or
(b) Recklessly or with criminal negligence he discharges a firearm or shoots a bow and arrow; or
(c) He knowingly sets a loaded gun, trap, or device designed to cause an explosion upon being tripped or approached, and leaves it unattended by a competent person immediately present; or
(d) The person has in his or her possession a firearm while the person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or of a controlled substance, as defined in section 18-18-102 (5). Possession of a permit issued under section 18-12-105.1, as it existed prior to its repeal, or possession of a permit or a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to part 2 of this article is no defense to a violation of this subsection (1).
(e) He knowingly aims, swings, or throws a throwing star or nunchaku as defined in this paragraph (e) at another person, or he knowingly possesses a throwing star or nunchaku in a public place except for the purpose of presenting an authorized public demonstration or exhibition or pursuant to instruction in conjunction with an organized school or class. When transporting throwing stars or nunchaku for a public demonstration or exhibition or for a school or class, they shall be transported in a closed, nonaccessible container. For purposes of this paragraph (e), “nunchaku” means an instrument consisting of two sticks, clubs, bars, or rods to be used as handles, connected by a rope, cord, wire, or chain, which is in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense, and “throwing star” means a disk having sharp radiating points or any disk-shaped bladed object which is hand-held and thrown and which is in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense.”
The part of the statute that would apply to the man in the news story is part (b). For shooting off his firearm in a reckless manner, the man could be charged with class 2 misdemeanor Prohibited Use of a Weapon in Colorado.
Shooting a Gun Recklessly Can Also Lead to Illegal Discharge of a Firearm Charges
A similar crime to Prohibited Use of a Weapon in Douglas County and Arapahoe County, Colorado is Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, C.R.S. 18-12-107.5. A person will be charged with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm for knowingly or recklessly discharging a firearm into any dwelling or any other building or occupied structure. It can also be charged if someone knowingly or recklessly discharges a firearm into any motor vehicle occupied by any person. Illegal Discharge of a Firearm is a class 5 felony in Colorado, which could lead to up to 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Why You Need the Best Firearms Lawyers in Colorado if You've Been Charged
If you've been accused or charged of a firearms offense, such as Prohibited Use of a Weapon or Illegal Discharge of a Firearm in Colorado, contact the best firearms lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office as soon as possible. In many cases, people are charged with these offenses after shooting a firearm or pistol by accident. Yet, they are still treated like criminals and can face possible jail or prison time if convicted. Don't put your future at risk by standing alone in the courtroom if facing any charges of a firearms offense – contact an experienced criminal lawyer to defend your future today.
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