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Colorado Gun LawsColorado recently passed three new gun-control laws that change how residents can buy and keep guns and related equipment legally. The laws have raised a number of questions among gun buyers, dealers, and others, according to a recent article in the Denver Post.

On March 20, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the three bills into law. One bill limits the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. A second bill requires universal background checks for gun buyers, including background checks at gun shows and in other contexts where they were not previously required. A third bill requires that the prospective gun buyer pay the costs of his or her background check when buying a gun, which is currently $10.
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gun-bullets-8716296.jpgBoth the state of Colorado and the U.S. federal government have several laws in place that govern who can possess which types of firearms, where, and under what circumstances. Other U.S. states have their own rules. Because many of these rules overlap, ensuring you don’t violate any of them can be a tricky business.

According to one analysis by the Associated Press, the combination of local, county, state, and federal firearm regulations adds up to thousands of rules about gun possession nationwide. An analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives recently concluded that in many places, these rules change not only from state to state but sometimes from place to place within a single state.
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Part of obtaining a firearm legally in Colorado is undergoing the state’s required background check, as any experienced Colorado gun crime defense attorney can readily explain. If you’re waiting for the results of a background check in 2013, however, you may be waiting longer than usual.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reports that its waiting list for background checks is over 11,000 applications long – making the average wait time for a background check to be completed approximately nine days. This queue and the wait are longer than average, and nearly double what they were in the last weeks of 2012, when the average wait was about 100 hours. Because the CBI’s website “wait clock” only reports wait times up to 99 hours, the agency has been keeping track of wait times manually.
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If you’re interested in guns of any kind, you probably understand the importance of possessing them both safely and legally. While Colorado law provides for ownership of many different types of guns, certain individuals in Colorado are not legally allowed to possess firearms. It’s important to know whether you fall into any of these categories, so you can ensure that any plans you have to purchase a firearm don’t cause you legal trouble.

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In Colorado and other state courts, a felony conviction may result in anywhere from thirteen months to a lifetime in prison, depending on the seriousness of the crime for which a person is found guilty. Under federal gun-crime laws, however, a person who is charged in federal court but refuses to take a plea bargain might face literally hundreds of years behind bars – far longer than any real human being will live.gun-bullets-8716296.jpg

These laws, known as “mandatory minimum” laws, require a jury that finds a defendant guilty of certain gun-related crimes to sentence that person to a certain number of years. Sometimes, the years can add up to staggering amounts. For instance, a man convicted of homicide by a federal court in Philadelphia recently found himself facing a 232-year prison sentence. In a state court, however, he might have faced a prison sentence he could reasonably expect to live through.
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According to The Denver Channel, a recent bill introduced to the Colorado House Judiciary Committee may change the process Colorado residents must go through before obtaining a concealed weapons permit.

House Bill 1205 was introduced by State Representative Chris Holbert, who wants to get rid of the permit process altogether. Holbert believes that carrying a gun is not a privilege; it is a constitutional right and not something a person should be required to apply for, particularly if they do not have a previous criminal background.

Many gun owners support the proposed bill, but others oppose it, saying the concealed weapons permit process is likely in the best interest of the public. Currently, the bill is in the House Judiciary Committee for review.
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The computer database Colorado police use to keep track of concealed gun permits is full of errors and incomplete information, according to a recent article in The Denver Post. A state audit of the database concluded that its contents are so inaccurate that law enforcement officers should not rely on the database’s information.

The audit found several glaring errors and omissions. For instance, 16,000 permits do not appear in the database because the Colorado counties that issued them never reported the permits to the Colorado Crime Information Center.

Of the permits that are included in the database, 2,000 are duplicates, with one entry showing a valid permit and the other showing a revoked permit for the same gun owner. Dozens of records say a permit won’t expire for 40, 50, or even 100 years, even though Colorado gun permits are only good for five years.
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On March 15, 2010, police arrested two men on drug and weapons related charges in Colorado Springs. According to an article from the Colorado Connection, the first arrest occurred at the Conoco Gas Station on North Nevada Avenue after the suspect allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover detective. The 21-year-old was arrested shortly thereafter and was found to be carrying a loaded, semi-automatic handgun. This gave police probable cause to search the man’s home where another suspect was discovered.

Police confronted the second suspect, who was later taken into custody on an active warrant for the charge of attempted first-degree murder. At the time of arrest, the second suspect also possessed a loaded handgun and had resisted arrest, which was later added to his charges. The first man arrested was charged with distribution of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to authorities, a third handgun was recovered during the investigation along with eleven pounds of marijuana, 27 grams of psychotropic mushrooms and $600 in cash. Both suspects were booked into the Criminal Justice Center, pending their respective trial dates.
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A 16-year-old showed up at Eaglecrest High School on Friday morning armed with two knives and a BB gun, officials said. The boy, who had been expelled a year ago, had ridden an RTD bus with three students and showed them the BB gun. The students got off the bus at the high school and went into the cafeteria. The boy came in behind them.

The 16-year-old boy was detained in the school’s cafeteria almost immediately after he arrived on campus, district officials said.

“He didn’t get very far in the school, and he wasn’t wandering about,” said Tustin Amole, spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District.

The students notified school security at 7:30 a.m. that the teen was on campus and that he was seen “with what they perceived was a handgun in his waistband,” according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
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