Despite there being laws for people living in Denver, Arapahoe County and across Colorado to possess and use guns, to defend themselves and their property, criminal charges can still occur. Often, laws are ignored and people are arrested even when exercising their constitutional rights to possess firearms, pistols and rifles. Let's take a look at the various firearms laws across Colorado.
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Use of Stun Guns in Adams County, Colorado – C.R.S. 18-12-106.5
It is a class 5 felony in Brighton, Adams County and across Colorado to knowingly and unlawfully use a stun gun in the commission of a criminal offense. This definition is broad, making it hard to tell what “using” a stun gun actually means.
Douglas County Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, C.R.S. 18-12-107.5
In Highlands Ranch and Douglas County, any person who knowingly or recklessly discharges a firearm into any dwelling or any other building or occupied structure, or into any motor vehicle occupied by any person, commits Illegal Discharge of a Firearm. This firearms offense is commonly charged when someone's gun accidentally goes off in their home.
Possession of a Defaced Firearm in Denver, C.R.S. 18-12-103
Across the Denver metro area, Possession of a Defaced Firearm is charged when a person knowingly and unlawfully possess a firearm where the manufacturer's serial number or other distinguishing number or identification mark, has been removed, defaced, altered or destroyed. This is a class 1 misdemeanor in Colorado.
Possessing a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon in Aurora, C.R.S. 18-12-102
In Colorado, a dangerous weapon includes a firearm silencer, machine gun, short shotgun, short rifle, or ballistic knife. An illegal weapon includes a blackjack, gas gun, metallic knuckles, gravity knife, or switchblade knife. If you are in possession of a dangerous weapon, you can be charged with a class 5 felony. If in possession of an illegal weapon, you can be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor for Possessing a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon.
Private Firearms Transfers in Denver, Colorado, C.R.S. 18-12-112
Private Firearms Transfers, C.R.S. 18-12-112, requires that before privately selling a gun, a background check must be completed. Violating this law is a class 1 misdemeanor.
El Paso County Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders, C.R.S. 18-12-108
Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders is charged in Colorado Springs and El Paso County whenever a person possess, uses or carries upon his or her person a firearm or any other weapon as a convicted felon. This is a class 5 felony across Colorado.
Colorado Prohibited Use of Weapons in El Paso County, C.R.S. 18-12-106
In Littleton, Aurora and across Colorado, it is a class 2 misdemeanor to knowingly and unlawfully aim a firearm at another person, recklessly or negligently discharge a firearm or shoot a bow and arrow, set a loaded gun, trap or device designed to cause an explosion and leave it unattended, possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or uses a throwing star or nunchaku in an unlawful manner.
Jefferson County Possession of a Handgun by Juvenile – C.R.S. 18-12-108.5
In Golden, Jefferson County and across Colorado, it is unlawful for a person under the age of eighteen years to possess a handgun. Illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile is a class 2 misdemeanor. But, for any second or subsequent offense, it becomes a class 5 felony.
Colorado Unlawful Purchase of Firearms in Yuma, C.R.S. 18-12-111
In every city in Colorado, any person that purchases or obtains a firearm on behalf of someone or transfers a gun to someone they know is ineligible to possess a firearm commits a class 4 felony. A licensed dealer selling firearms must make this law clear by posting a sign that is readable and visible to the public – failing to do so could result in a class 2 petty offense and fines for the dealer.
C.R.S. 18-12-105.5 – Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon – Unlawful Possession of Weapons – School, College, or University Grounds in Arapahoe County
It is a class 6 felony anywhere in Colorado to carry, bring or have in your possession a deadly weapon on school, college or university grounds.
Arapahoe County Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon – Unlawful Possession of Weapons, C.R.S. 18-12-105
This firearms crime is commonly charged in Arapahoe and Pueblo County whenever someone has a concealed knife or firearm on or about his or her person. This is a class 2 misdemeanor. However, it is an affirmative defense if someone was carrying in their car, in their business, on property, or if they were carrying with a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Unlawfully Providing or Permitting a Juvenile to Possess a Handgun in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-12-108.7
Across Colorado, any time an adult provides a handgun to a person under the age of 18, they will be charged with class 4 felony Unlawfully Providing or Permitting a Juvenile to Possess a Handgun.
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