Unlawful Purchase of a Firearm
Colorado 18-12-111 C.R.S.

Buying a gun illegally in Colorado

Section 18-12-111 of the Colorado Revised Statutes is Colorado's law against unlawful gun purchases. 18-12-111 C.R.S (1) provides:

Any person who knowingly purchases or otherwise obtains a firearm on behalf of or for transfer to a person who the transferor knows or reasonably should know is ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to federal or state law commits a class 4 felony.

Consequences of illegally buying a gun in Colorado

Penalties for unlawful purchase of a gun can include:

  • 2-6 years in prison (with 3 years mandatory parole), 
  • Forfeiture of your weapon, and/or
  • A fine of $2,000-$500,000.

18-12-111 C.R.S also requires licensed firearm dealers to post a sign displaying the above information in a manner that is easily readable and visible to the public. Failure to do so is a Colorado class 2 petty offense which can be punished by a fine of $250.

Who is prohibited from buying a firearm in Colorado?

You may not legally possess a gun in Colorado if you:

  • Are subject to a protective order that prohibits possession of a firearm;
  • Are a fugitive from justice;
  • Are addicted to, or an unlawful user of, a controlled substance;
  • Have been committed to any mental institution or adjudicated a “mental defective” under U.S. law;
  • Are in the United States illegally or unlawfully; 
  • Are in the United States under a non-immigrant visa;
  • Have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces;
  • Have renounced U.S. citizenship; or
  • Have been convicted of, or are under indictment for (under federal law or the laws of any state):
    • a felony,
    • any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year,
    • an attempt to commit a felony,
    • an act which would constitute a felony if committed in Colorado, or
    • a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of illegal buying a firearm or another violation of Colorado's gun laws, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

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