Colorado Gun Laws: Understanding Firearm Possession & Use

If you live or travel to Colorado, and you own or carry a firearm, you need to be aware of the laws surrounding gun possession and use in the Centennial State. At The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC, we are here to provide you with the advice you need regarding our state’s gun laws. We are also preeminent providers of criminal defense to persons charged with crimes involving guns and we can be reached via our contact page.

Who Can & Cannot Own A Gun In Colorado

A person over the age of 18 can own a gun in the state of Colorado. However, there are state and federal prohibitions in place that prevent some adults from owning a gun. This includes:

  • Persons who are a fugitive from justice

  • Persons who are in the United States illegally

  • Persons that are subject to a protective order that prohibits possession of a firearm

  • Persons who have been adjudicated as “mentally defective” or committed to a mental institution

This list is not all-inclusive. If you have questions regarding your ability to own a gun in Colorado, contact The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC.

Traveling With A Gun In Colorado

Pursuant to C.R.S. §18-12-105 (2)(b), it is not an offense to carry a concealed firearm if the defendant is “(a) person in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person’s or another’s person or property while traveling.”

Also, pursuant to C.R.S. §33-6-125, “It is unlawful for any person, except a person authorized by law or by the division, to possess or have under the person’s control any firearm, other than a pistol or revolver, in or on any motor vehicle unless the chamber of the firearm is unloaded.”

Legal & Illegal Guns In Colorado

There are certain types of guns that are allowed in Colorado. This includes:

  • Handguns

  • Revolvers

  • Pistols

  • Full-length rifles

  • Full-length shotguns

  • Firearms with a barrel more than 12 inches in length (excluding any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech)

  • Antique firearms manufactured no later than 1898

There are many different types of guns that are not legal in Colorado, including:

  • Machine guns

  • Short shotguns (having a barrel or barrels less than 18 inches long or an overall length of less than 26 inches)

  • Short rifles having a barrel less than 16 inches long or an overall length of less than 26 inches)

Speak With A Colorado Gun Lawyer at The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC

If you have any questions about the gun laws in Colorado or have been charged with a gun-related crime, contact The Law Offices of Steven T. Rodemer, LLC. We are criminal defense attorneys that care and we fiercely advocate for our clients. We may be reached via our contact page.