Colorado — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Colorado — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Colorado, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 35.01
2002: 34.52
2001: 34.73

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Colorado, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 37.704

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

ChartIn Colorado, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 50.25 6
1991/2000: 56.2
1981/1990: 57.9

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Colorado, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 5557
2009: 583
2008: 513
2007: 505
2006: 497
2005: 535
2004: 553
2003: 501
2002: 517
2001: 510
2000: 443
1999: 452

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 11.047
2009: 11.73
2008: 10.49
2007: 10.51
2006: 10.53
2005: 11.55
2004: 12.09
2003: 11.06
2002: 11.51
2001: 11.52
2000: 10.30
1999: 10.70

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Colorado, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 1727
2009: 194
2008: 194
2007: 173
2006: 181
2005: 182
2004: 219
2003: 192
2002: 184
2001: 169
2000: 151
1999: 199

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 3.427
2009: 3.90
2008: 3.97
2007: 3.60
2006: 3.83
2005: 3.93
2004: 4.79
2003: 4.24
2002: 4.10
2001: 3.82
2000: 3.51
1999: 4.71

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Colorado, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 977
2009: 108
2008: 109
2007: 91
2006: 104
2005: 115
2004: 131
2003: 117
2002: 116
2001: 98
2000: 84
1999: 121

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 1.937
2009: 2.17
2008: 2.23
2007: 1.89
2006: 2.20
2005: 2.48
2004: 2.86
2003: 2.58
2002: 2.58
2001: 2.21
2000: 1.95
1999: 2.86

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 619 10
2011: 39
2010: 34
2009: 55
2008: 50
2007: 56
2006: 38
2005: 64
2004: 85
2003: 66
2002: 75
2001: 54
2000: 44
1999: 78
1998: 75
1997: 51
1996: 66
1995: 95

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.1812
2011: 0.76
2010: 0.67
2009: 1.11
2008: 1.02
2007: 1.17
2006: 0.81
2005: 1.38
2004: 1.86
2003: 1.46
2002: 1.67
2001: 1.22
2000: 1.02
1999: 1.85
1998: 1.82
1997: 1.27
1996: 1.68
1995: 2.48

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 1613 10
2009: 21
2008: 12
2007: 10
2006: 10
2005: 11
2004: 12
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 15
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.42
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 89 10
2011: 8
2010: 4
2009: 12
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 8
2005: 7
2004: 13
2003: 4
2002: 12
2001: 17
2000: 10
1999: 8
1998: 16
1997: 12
1996: 13
1995: 16

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.1512
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.38
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.39
1997: 0.30
1996: 0.33
1995: 0.42

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 1113 10
2009: 11
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 14
2005: 10
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 12
2001: 13
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 239 10
2011: 26
2010: 27
2009: 27
2008: 31
2007: 27
2006: 39
2005: 38
2004: 18
2003: 22
2002: 21
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 21
1998: 11
1997: 12
1996: 8
1995: 6

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.4412
2011: 0.51
2010: 0.53
2009: 0.54
2008: 0.63
2007: 0.56
2006: 0.83
2005: 0.82
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.49
2002: 0.47
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.50
1998: 0.27
1997: 0.30
1996: 0.20
1995: 0.16

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 7013 10
2009: 76
2008: 88
2007: 74
2006: 80
2005: 94
2004: 110
2003: 107
2002: 89
2001: 77
2000: 68
1999: 105

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Colorado, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 1.3913 10
2009: 1.53
2008: 1.80
2007: 1.54
2006: 1.69
2005: 2.03
2004: 2.40
2003: 2.36
2002: 1.98
2001: 1.74
2000: 1.58
1999: 2.48

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Colorado, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 8657
2009: 941
2008: 803
2007: 811
2006: 730
2005: 800
2004: 797
2003: 728
2002: 727
2001: 722
2000: 613
1999: 574

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 17.207
2009: 18.93
2008: 16.42
2007: 16.88
2006: 15.46
2005: 17.27
2004: 17.42
2003: 16.08
2002: 16.19
2001: 16.31
2000: 14.25
1999: 13.58

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Colorado, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 4277
2009: 454
2008: 387
2007: 396
2006: 371
2005: 396
2004: 402
2003: 363
2002: 380
2001: 390
2000: 350
1999: 309

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 8.497
2009: 9.13
2008: 7.91
2007: 8.24
2006: 7.86
2005: 8.55
2004: 8.79
2003: 8.02
2002: 8.46
2001: 8.81
2000: 8.14
1999: 7.31

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Colorado, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 14113
2009: 156
2008: 117
2007: 121
2006: 106
2005: 137
2004: 131
2003: 107
2002: 86
2001: 90
2000: 96
1999: 74

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 2.8013
2009: 3.14
2008: 2.39
2007: 2.52
2006: 2.25
2005: 2.96
2004: 2.86
2003: 2.36
2002: 1.92
2001: 2.03
2000: 2.23
1999: 1.75

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Colorado, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 6613
2009: 61
2008: 55
2007: 65
2006: 55
2005: 60
2004: 56
2003: 42
2002: 63
2001: 72
2000: 47
1999: 40

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 1.3113
2009: 1.23
2008: 1.12
2007: 1.35
2006: 1.17
2005: 1.30
2004: 1.22
2003: 0.93
2002: 1.40
2001: 1.63
2000: 1.09
1999: 0.95

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Colorado, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 22013
2009: 237
2008: 215
2007: 210
2006: 210
2005: 199
2004: 215
2003: 214
2002: 231
2001: 228
2000: 207
1999: 195

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.3713
2009: 4.77
2008: 4.40
2007: 4.37
2006: 4.45
2005: 4.30
2004: 4.70
2003: 4.73
2002: 5.14
2001: 5.15
2000: 4.81
1999: 4.61

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Colorado, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2007: 37
2006: 6
2005: 9
2004: 2
2003: 5
2002: 9
2001: 10
2000: 5
1999: 9

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.067
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.20
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.21

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Colorado, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Colorado, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Colorado, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Colorado, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2007: 97
2006: 8
2005: 5
2004: 7
2003: 6
2002: 3
2001: 5
2000: 1
1999: 7

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.197
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.11
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.17

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Colorado, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Colorado, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Colorado, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Colorado, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Colorado, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 1018
2010: 30
2009: 11
2008: 1019
2007: 12
2006: 23
2005: 14
2004: 22
2003: 20
2002: 9
2001: 820
2000: 6
1999: 14
1998: 10
1997: 11
1996: 11
1995: 12

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Colorado at a rate of 13.721 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Colorado ranked at No. 3221 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Colorado is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Colorado includes the Colorado Revised Statutes (Criminal Code) and the Constitution of Colorado 187623

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Colorado are regulated by the Local municipalities and State Governments2425 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Colorado, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Colorado, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns30 and large capacity ammunition magazines with few exceptions,31 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons32 and .50 calibre rifles33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Colorado, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 3425 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Colorado, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence32 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Colorado, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Colorado, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Colorado is 18 years for handguns (no minimum age for rifles and shotguns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Colorado stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Colorado, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun3925 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Colorado, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Colorado, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Colorado is obliged42 43 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Colorado is obliged42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Colorado, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted only if conducted by a licensed firearm dealer43 44 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Colorado, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful45 25 26

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Colorado, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited 46 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Colorado is reported to be 2011: 2,36147

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Colorado, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined48 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Colorado, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated49 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in Colorado do not include50 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in Colorado do not include51 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Colorado include52 50 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Colorado, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law53 54 55 56 5725 26

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Colorado, state authorities do not employ58 25 26 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Colorado, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit for handguns or long guns59 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Colorado, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Colorado, local licensing authorities “shall issue”, without room for discretion,39 6025 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Colorado, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Colorado, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Colorado, private guns are prohibited in states buildings, parks,61 vehicles (loaded firearms other than handguns)52 and schools62 25 26

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Colorado, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm63 is 6 years prison64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 25 26

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Colorado, it is state policy73 25 26 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked Colorado as ‘C’74

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Colorado on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 1575
2010: 1576
2009: 1577
2008: 1678
2007: 1679

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Colorado at No. 2080 among 50 US States

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