Can I keep a loaded gun in my car in Colorado?
It is a misdemeanor in Colorado to possess a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle or have one under your control unless:
- You are authorized by law to do so, or
- The firearm is a pistol or revolver.
Under Section 33-6-125 C.R.S., a law enforcement has the right to inspect the chamber of any rifle or shotgun in a motor vehicle to make sure it is not loaded.
There is no limitation in Colorado on possessing an unloaded gun in a vehicle, unless the gun has been classified as a dangerous weapon under Colorado 18-12-102 C.R.S. Guns classified as dangerous weapons include:
- Machine guns,
- Short shotguns, and
- Short rifles.
For the purposes of 33-6-125 C.R.S, a “muzzle-loader” shall be considered unloaded if it is not primed, and, for such purpose, “primed” means having a percussion cap on the nipple or flint in the striker and powder in the flash pan.
Colorado penalties for possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle
Unlawful possession of a firearm in a vehicle is a misdemeanor. The punishment under Colorado 33-6-125 C.R.S. is:
- A fine of $50, and
- An assessment of fifteen license suspension points on your Colorado DMV driving record.
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