Gun Violations in Colorado Springs

Guidance from Our Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyer

Compared to other states in this country, the gun laws in Colorado are favorable towards individuals who own and would like to carry firearms. Despite Colorado's relaxed stance on guns, there are still many state and local laws that exist to regulate the use, possession, and ownership of firearms.

At The Samuelson Law Firm we have a firm grasp on the various local and statewide gun laws. If you have been charged with a gun or weapon violation, my firm will be able to represent your interests and defend you against the impact of a gun violation conviction.

Weapon Violations in Colorado Springs

In Colorado, there are a number of weapons that are illegal to own. These dangerous weapons include silencers, machine guns, shotguns shorter than 18 inches, rifles shorter than 16 inches, and ballistic knives. If you are caught with one of these weapons, you will be charged with a Class 5 felony and face a one- to three-year prison sentence and two years of mandatory parole. Gas guns, blackjacks, metal or brass knuckles, gravity knives, and switchblades are considered illegal in Colorado. Possession of one of these weapons is a Class 1 misdemeanor with a $500-$5,000 fine and a possible sentence of 6 to 18 months.

Purchasing Guns

You do not need a permit to purchase rifles, shotguns or handguns in Colorado, but dealers must keep detailed records of the sale, rental or exchange of handguns. These record books are available at all times to the inspection of an authorized police officer, and they typically contain information about the name, age, occupation, and residence of the gun buyer. It is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun and it is also a crime to provide a handgun for a juvenile unless one of the following circumstances is involved:

  • You are attending a hunter's safety course or firearms safety course
  • You are engaged in lawful hunting, trapping or target shooting with a valid license
  • You are traveling with an unloaded handgun to or from any of these activities

Concealed Weapons

It is important to know that carrying a concealed firearm is a criminal offense in Colorado unless you have the proper permit. Though firing a gun from a vehicle is decidedly illegal, carrying a gun in your car or truck or storing a gun in a locked vehicle is entirely legal in some situations. In certain circumstances, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is a Class 2 misdemeanor carrying a $250-$1,000 fine and a sentence of 3 – 12 months. Carrying a concealed weapon on school or government property is a Class 6 felony with a minimum incarceration period of one year.

Individuals who are legal residents of Colorado, over the age of 21, and demonstrate competency with a firearm can apply for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The Sheriff can deny the permit if he or she reasonably believes that the applicant has shown chronic or habitual alcohol abuse, or if the applicant will present a danger to self or others if the permit is issued. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to have a permit in order to carry a handgun where carrying firearms is legal so long as the handgun is not concealed.

Fighting for Your Freedom

There are numerous gun laws that can catch you off-guard, and you may face criminal charges for something that seems minor to you. It is unlawful to have any firearm other than a handgun in or on any motor vehicle unless the chamber is unloaded, and it is also unlawful to discharge a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Whatever offense you may be accused of violating, our firm has the experience and dedication to help. The Samuelson Law firm is dedicated to providing clients with the professional legal representation they need to face serious gun and weapon violation accusations. Contact The Samuelson Law Firm for the aggressive criminal defense that you need to fight your charges.