Firearm Myths: FAQ on Buying Guns in Colorado

The following is a guest post to our blog from our friends at White Lion Armory. With the recent rush to gun stores in Colorado we thought you could use some education in terms of the firearm purchasing process and the most common questions related thereto.

tactical firearmsIt has been over a week since the horrific and unspeakable tragedy that took place in Newton Connecticut. I know that an entire nation mourns the loss of so much precious and innocent life. While we all can’t help but think about those 27 people forever lost on that day, this event has once again has shoved the issue of firearms and gun control to the forefront of national news and debate. Every time this happens, a similar trend takes place…ungodly amounts of misinformation begin to spread like a wildfire. While I could write an entire book about firearms myths, I would like to correct a few of them that pertain to Colorado’s gun laws that are important to know. I have now heard many, many
people who have never owned a firearm before, and some who have stating things that just aren’t reality or truth. I would like to cover a few of those questions and answers.

Question – “Don’t I have to register my firearms in Colorado?”
Answer – No, you do not. Colorado has absolutely no system or requirement in place for firearms registration.

Question – “How long is the waiting period for purchasing a firearm?”
Answer – Zero waiting period. Colorado has absolutely no waiting period on firearms purchases.

Question – “Why does the government trace your firearms?”
Answer – They do not trace all firearms. In fact, they trace an extremely small number of firearms back to the original licensed dealer who sold the firearm. This is usually done only on firearms that have been recovered by police and/or used in a crime.

Question – “Where do I apply for a permit or license to buy a firearm?”
Answer – In Colorado, you don’t. There is absolutely no permit requirement for owning, possessing or buying guns that are not regulated by the National Firearms Act. (Firearms regulated by the NFA are Fully Automatic weapons, suppressors, short barreled rifles and shotguns, etc)

Question – “What do I need in order to purchase a firearm from a Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer?”
Answer – “You will need a current, valid, government issued photo ID. You will need to fill out a simple form that the dealer has regarding basic information and background. You will need to pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check that your dealer will perform on your behalf. That’s it!”

I hope some of this information will assist you in your concerns about your next firearm purchase. The statements above are only a reflection of current regulations for the state of Colorado, firearm laws vary from state to state. The information is not intended as legal advice or a restatement of law and does not include: restrictions that may be placed
on non-resident permits, individuals under the age of 21, qualifying permit classes, and/ or any other factor which may limit reciprocity and/or recognition. For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation. YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.

- Travis Lockert of White Lion Armory

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