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Legal Information: Colorado

State Gun Laws

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January 17, 2020

If a law enforcement officer or other government employee is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, can s/he have or buy a gun?

Maybe. Law enforcement officers and other government officials who have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony cannot have or buy guns for any purpose, including their official duties, according to federal law.1  

However, an exception may be made under Colorado state law if a convicted criminal is on probation.2  If the abuser is a law enforcement officer or other government official and you fear that s/he may threaten or harm you with a gun, it is important to let the judge (and even possibly the probation officer) know this information.

You may also wish to consult our Safety Tips page to learn more about staying safe. You can also contact your local domestic violence organization for additional help. You may want to talk to them about whether leaving the area - either long term or for a little while - might help improve your safety. See our CO Advocates and Shelters page to find a local domestic violence organization near you.

1 18 USC § 925(a)(1)
2 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-1.3-204(2)(b)(IV)(A-C)