The right to bear arms is so important to our freedom as a nation that it is protected by the second amendment to the United States Constitution:
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment, United States Constitution
Gun Rights in Larimer County Restricted by Federal Government Legislature
The US Constitution grants us the freedom to bear arms, but the power hungry Federal Government has greatly restricted our gun rights in Larimer County regardless of this right. The legislative body and the general public as a whole are highly anti-gun rights. Because of this mentality, legislative acts have restricted citizen’s firearm rights in Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and throughout Colorado. While the Colorado Constitution also generally protects a person’s gun rights, the Federal government has greatly overstepped its bounds in preempting state law by introducing restrictive firearms legislation.
“The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question.” – Colorado Constitution, Article II, Section 13
The most notable federal legislation is 18 U.S.C., Section 922 (g). This law prohibits the possession of a firearm if you meet any of the following criteria:
- If you have been convicted* of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year (this includes felonies and a few misdemeanors).
- If you are a fugitive from justice.
- If you are an addict or user of any controlled substance.
- If you have been adjudicated as a mental defective, or have been committed to a mental institution.
- If you are an illegal alien, or living under a nonimmigrant visa.
- If you have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed forces.
- If you have renounced your citizenship in the United States.
- If a court protection order has been issued against you (in all criminal cases in Colorado, protection and restraining orders are issued).
- If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge.
Colorado law restricts your gun rights as well. You will not be able to possess a firearm if you:
- Have a previous conviction* of a felony.
- Have been previously adjudicated as a juvenile for an offense that would be a felony if you had been an adult.
- Are on probation, or if there is a court order specifically restricting possession of a firearm.
- Miscellaneous provisions are included in this legislation.
*The term “conviction” has many different interpretations. Each individual situation needs to be studied. For example, if you receive a deferred judgment, it may be viewed by some federal jurisdictions and Colorado judges as a conviction, while some don’t view it as a conviction. Because of this, it is important to have an experienced gun rights attorney study the details of your case before possessing or buying a weapon.
Firearm and Gun Right Laws are Complicated and Intricate
There are many peculiarities regarding gun rights in Larimer County. It is not wise to purchase a gun after consulting general information (such as this site) without first speaking with an experienced gun rights lawyer. A trained firearms rights attorney can delve into the details of your case and advise you on your gun rights, and the risks that are involved with possessing a firearm under Colorado and federal law. If you possess a weapon illegally, there could be serious consequences.
We Are the Best Fort Collins Gun Rights Lawyers – Let Us Fight For You
We believe passionately in our second amendment right to bear arms and will work tirelessly to protect those rights. We will look at the unique factors in your case and advise you on the best way to exercise your firearm rights. We fully support the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and their hard work to protect citizens’ right to bear arms. The government should not be allowed to hinder your ability to protect your family, home, and way of life.
“One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.” – Constitutional Scholar Joseph Story, 1840
“An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government – and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.” – Edward Abbey, “Abbey’s Road”, 1979
“Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don’t have a gun, freedom of speech as no power.” – Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese Author, in the LA Times
If your gun rights are being restricted or taken away in Larimer County, Fort Collins, or Loveland. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced Fort Collins gun rights lawyer to fight to protect your freedom. Contact the O’Malley Law Office at 970-658-0007, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.