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Legal Information: Colorado

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
January 17, 2020

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

According to Colorado state law, a person can only get a permit to carry a concealed handgun if all of the following conditions are met. The applicant must:

In addition, as part of a temporary or final protection order due to domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, physical harm/threats or abuse of the elderly/at-risk adult, the judge can order that the abuser:

  • not have or buy any firearms or ammunition for the duration of the order; and
  • give up any firearms or ammunition that s/he currently has in his/her possession or control to a licensed firearms dealer, private party or to law enforcement.2

Note: Even if the applicant meets all of the requirements above, the sheriff can still deny the permit if, based on the applicant’s previous behavior, the sheriff has a reasonable belief that s/he would likely be a danger to himself/herself or others if the permit were granted.3

In addition, it is illegal for anyone to possess a firearm if s/he is on probation after being convicted of a crime that involved domestic violence. An exception can be made, however, for a defendant whose job requires the use of a firearm if the judge believes that the victim and his/her child would not be endangered and the gun is not stored in the defendant’s home.4

Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun if s/he was convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor or if you have a final protection order against him/her that meets certain requirements. Go to the Federal Gun Laws page to get more information.

For additional information on gun laws in Colorado, you can go the the Giffords Law Center website.

1 Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-12-203(1)(a)-(g); 18-12-108
2 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-105.5(1)(a) & (2)(c)
3 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-203(2)
4 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-204(2)(b)(IV)