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.
Under Colorado law, to obtain a concealed weapons permit, certain criterion must be met. For example, a person must be a Colorado resident, at least 21-years-old, not an “unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance,” does not have a restraining order against them at the time the application is submitted, and more. During the application process, an applicant must be fingerprinted, undergo both a state and national criminal history check, have a full-frontal view photograph in color of their head taken within 30 days of when the application is submitted, and demonstrate competence with a handgun. An individual can submit a training certificate from a “handgun training class” taken within 10 years of when the application is submitted.
Many people facing weapons violation charges in Colorado own handguns but did not realize they were breaking the law. For example, if you legally owned a handgun, and were threatened by someone with bodily harm, and began carrying the gun with you before obtaining a permit, you could face a concealed weapon violation charge.
Colorado gun laws are very complex, which is why it may be in your best interest to seek the counsel of a Colorado Springs gun crime defense attorney if you have been charged with a weapons offense. Timothy Bussey is a highly skilled lawyer at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. and has spent many years successfully defending the rights of gun owners who have been charged with a crime in Colorado. Call Mr. Bussey at 719-475-2555 to schedule a free consultation today.