Colorado has stronger gun laws than many states, but still has significant room for improvement, earning a C in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2019, Colorado passed an extreme risk protection order law, facilitating the temporary removal of firearms from at-risk individuals. In 2017, Colorado had the 24th-highest gun death rate among the states, and exported roughly the same number of crime guns it imported. To save lives, lawmakers in Colorado could pass laws requiring waiting periods for all firearm sales, raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and require owners to report lost and stolen firearms.

State Law Background

Colorado:

Colorado still does not, however:

In 2017, Colorado had the 24th highest gun death rate among the states. 779 people died from firearms injuries in Colorado that year. Colorado exports roughly the same number of crime guns as it imports.