Colorado gun Laws:
How to buy and sell guns legally
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY OR SELL A GUN
Colorado Gun Laws:
How to Buy and Sell Guns in Colorado Legally
Not sure how to buy a gun in Colorado? Don’t fret, there are a few things you need to know to abide by Colorado Gun Laws. Buying your new firearm will be fairly simple if you’re a CO resident, you meet the age requirements, and are a law abiding citizen. For everything else, we’ll try to cover the variables.
Below are the topics covered for the various gun sales we see every day:
AGE REQUIREMENTS for Handguns and long guns
PROOF OF RESIDENCY Requirements to buy a Gun in Colorado
– Military – Non-Resident Alien – Out of State gun sales
How to Buy a Firearm from a Gun Dealer in Colorado
– Colorado CBI Check – Form 4473 –
How to Buy a Firearm as a Private Sale
Buying a Gun as a gift – What’s allowed and what’s not – straw purchases.
Handgun Age Requirements
The Current Minimum Age to BUY a handgun is 21. You must also be a Colorado resident in order to buy a handgun.
Long Gun (Rifle) Age Requirements
The current minimum age to BUY a rifle is 18. You do NOT need to be a Colorado Resident to buy a long gun. However, due to the laws of some states, we simply will not sell you a Gun.
Proof of Residency Requirements to Buy a Gun in CO
COLORADO RESIDENTS: A valid Colorado Driver License or I.D. Card with your current address is all you need to prove residency for buying a gun. If your address does NOT match what is on your Identification, you must provide a second government issued document, such as valid auto registration from the CO DMV, or Tax Returns, etc.
MILITARY WITH OUT OF STATE ID: If you are military do not have Colorado Identification, A copy of your PCS orders and your current driver license from any of the 50 US states will provide proof of your residency (even CA).
NON-RESIDENT ALIENS: you will need to bring your green card or other documentation with you.
California Residents: Due to strict laws and steps needed to transfer a gun, We will NOT sell or transfer ANY guns to California. We’re very sorry. Please write your representatives.
How to Buy a Gun From an FFL Dealer in Colorado
PHEW! Now that you’re legally of age to buy a gun and can prove your residency, It’s time to buy a firearm from an FFL Dealer.
All Gun Stores are required by law to be licensed FFL Dealers.
Since you have your firearm of choice picked out, Acme Pawn (the FFL Dealer) will have you fill out the ATF form 4473.
The ATF form 4473 data will be checked by an employee before submitting electronically the CBI Instacheck system.
Once your information has been submitted, we typically have your approval/denial within 20 minutes. If you’re approved, Congrats! You may leave with your new firearm.
IF you think you may be denied, or are unsure if you can qualify to purchase a gun, see below.
What can Cause Me to be Denied a Gun in a Colorado CBI Background Check?
A few things can cause a denial on the purchase of a Firearm in Colorado. Sometimes, It might be a simple mistake of identity with another person and can be appealed with CBI. Even if this is the case, We would not be able to sell a gun to you until CBI clears you.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BUY A GUN IN CO IF YOU:
If you are a FELON/ have a WARRANT for your arrest
If you have a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking or threatening your child or intimate partner or child of such partner
Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but you are filling out a Federal form to purchase a gun in CO.Suspicion of a person under the influence is enough for us to refuse a gun sale