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State of Colorado. 2013 ‘Offenses Relating to Firearms and Weapons - Possessing a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon.’ Colorado Revised Statutes (Criminal Code); Title 18, Article 12 (Part 1, Section 18-12-102). Denver, CO: Colorado General Assembly. 15 December
Section 18-12-102. Possessing a dangerous or illegal weapon - affirmative defense
(1) As used in this section, the term "dangerous weapon" means a firearm silencer, machine gun, short shotgun, short rifle, or ballistic knife.
(2) As used in this section, the term "illegal weapon" means a blackjack, gas gun, metallic knuckles, gravity knife, or switchblade knife.
(3) A person who knowingly possesses a dangerous weapon commits a class 5 felony.1 Each subsequent violation of this subsection (3) by the same person shall be a class 4 felony.1
(4) A person who knowingly possesses an illegal weapon commits a class 1 misdemeanor.
(5) It shall be an affirmative defense to the charge of possessing a dangerous weapon, or to the charge of possessing an illegal weapon, that the person so accused was a peace officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or Colorado National Guard acting in the lawful discharge of his duties, or that said person has a valid permit and license for possession of such weapon.
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