State Law Background

In 2012, Colorado experienced the horrific mass shooting in a movie theater in the City of Aurora. In 2013, Colorado significantly upgraded its gun laws.  Now Colorado:

Colorado still does not, however:

Local governments in Colorado, with the exception of Denver, generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition.

In 2014, Colorado ranked 21st in the number of gun deaths per capita among the states. 658 people died from firearms injuries in Colorado in that year. Colorado has also been a crime gun exporter. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Colorado exported crime guns at almost twice the rate at which it imported them – in other words, guns that had been originally purchased in Colorado were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at twice the rate at which crime guns originally purchased outside Colorado were then recovered inside Colorado. Colorado ranked 19th in the number of crime guns exported.

Colorado Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Colorado, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.