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Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm | CRS 18-12-111

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jan 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm

Unlawful purchase of a firearm in Douglas, Jefferson, and Arapahoe County is an offense that includes buying or acquiring a gun for someone who isn't permitted to have one. Doing this for a family member or friend can result in serious consequences. Whether they're prohibited from firearm possession because of a felony, domestic violence enhancement, or a protection order, giving them a gun may lead to prison time and heavy fines. If you or someone you know is being accused of unlawful firearm purchase in Colorado, contact one of our gun lawyers right away to discuss your case.

Colorado Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm

Colorado's unlawful firearm purchase law prohibits buying a gun intending to give it to a person who can't legally possess weapons. CRS 18-12-111 addresses the specific elements of this crime. You commit unlawful purchase of firearms in Castle Rock, Lakewood, or Aurora if you:

  • knowingly purchase or obtain a firearm,
  • on behalf of another or intending to transfer to another,
  • who is in ineligible to possess firearms

It is important to note that this applies to supplying a gun to those you know or reasonably should know can't possess one. If you had no idea the other person lacks gun rights, you haven't committed unlawful purchase of a firearm.

How Serious is Unlawful Firearm Purchase in Colorado?

Each case of unlawfully purchasing a gun is different. Penalties for a conviction won't always be the same. As a class 4 felony, defendants in these cases face:

  • a prison sentence of 2 - 6 years,
  • fines of $2K - $500K,
  • 3 years of parole 

 Additionally, defendants may have to forfeit the purchased / obtained firearms as well.

Defense Attorney for Firearm Crimes 

Crimes involving firearms come with heightened penalties. Law enforcement and prosecutors are quick to overcharge in these situations throughout Colorado. However, just because you're facing an allegation doesn't mean you're guilty. Our accomplished criminal lawyers are here to help. 

Perhaps you didn't know the other person couldn't possess weapons, they had their gun rights restored, or there was an illegal search. Nevertheless, contact one of our offices for a free, confidential consultation. We will carefully evaluate your unique situation and recommend next steps in your defense. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, your future, and your family.

Don't talk to police about unlawful firearm purchase - talk to us. 303-830-0880

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.

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