Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Domestic Violence & Firearms in Colorado.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 August
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Domestic Violence and Firearms in Colorado
Colorado does not:
- Prohibit persons convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition, although federal law applies;
- Prohibit abusers who are subject to domestic violence protective orders from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition, although federal law applies;
- Explicitly authorize or require the surrender of firearms when a domestic violence protective order is issued; or
- Explicitly authorize or require the removal of firearms or ammunition at the scene of a domestic violence incident.
However, when an inmate is released from prison or other custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections following a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, the Department is required to submit a written statement to the inmate notifying him or her that it is a crime if he or she possesses or uses a firearm.
Colorado also authorizes (but does not require) courts to issue orders prohibiting defendants from possessing firearms in cases where the defendant is charged with (but not yet convicted of) a domestic violence misdemeanor…