Who Can Legally Possess a Firearm in Colorado?

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.


According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a person cannot legally possess a firearm in Colorado if that person:

  • has been convicted of any felony crime or a misdemeanor domestic violence crime;
  • has been convicted of any crime as a juvenile that would have been a felony, if it were committed by an adult;
  • is under a court order to avoid harassing, threatening, or stalking a spouse or dating partner;
  • has received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces;
  • is a “fugitive from justice”;
  • is an undocumented immigrant, or was admitted to the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa;
  • has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship;
  • unlawfully uses or is addicted to any controlled substance;
  • has been determined to be “mentally defective” by a court; or
  • has been committed to a mental institution.

Firearms-related crimes can carry serious penalties in Colorado. If you’re facing charges for illegal firearm possession, a tenacious firearm charge defense attorney in Colorado Springs at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation. Our number is (719) 475-2555.

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