Legal Information: Colorado

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
September 18, 2017

I have a final protection order against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away?

According to Colorado state law, a person cannot get a permit to carry a concealed handgun if there is a current civil protection order issued against him/her (or a current criminal court protection order).*  In addition, as part of a final (or temporary) 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.** 

Federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser's right to have a gun if you have a protective order against him/her that meets certain requirements even if the judge does not specifically include on the order that s/he cannot have a gun.  Go to the Federal Gun Laws page to get more information.


* Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-12-203(1)(a)-(g); 18-12-108 

** Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-105.5(1)(a) & (2)(c)