Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

New Law Allowing Non-Violent Felons Gun Ownership

In a bold move by the Colorado General Assembly, people who have been previously convicted of non-violent felonies in the past may again own and possess a firearm for hunting, defense of self and property, and for shooting sports. The new law (Senate Bill 21-271) restores the firearms civil rights under the Colorado Constitution for a great many felons whose rights had been stripped from them after 1994. It is also the state’s first significant sentencing reform in nearly four decades.

Colorado Senate Bill 21-271


What You Should Know About Colorado Open Carry Laws

As you likely know, the Second Amendment is a hot topic in the United States. Because of this, state and federal courts have started to crack down on weapon offenses. For this reason, it is extremely important to understand the intricacies and penalties associated with Colorado’s open carry laws. Adhering as closely as possible to gun laws not only keep you and everyone around you safer, but helps you avoid an unfortunate charge. Colorado explicitly recognizes the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but it also has [..]

Can a Felon Hunt in Colorado?

Convicted felons cannot hunt in Colorado using a firearm or bow (because they can’t possess a “deadly weapon.”

Why Can’t Felons Hunt in Colorado?

C.R.S 18-12-108. Possession of weapons by previous offenders prohibits convicted felons from possessing a “deadly weapon.” 18-12-108 reads, in relevant part: (3) A person commits the crime of possession of a weapon by a previous offender if the person knowingly possesses, uses, or carries upon his or her person a firearm as described in section 18-1-901 (3)(h) or any other weapon that is [..]