What is Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in Fort Collins?
Colorado law defines C.R.S. 18-12-105 – Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon / Unlawful Possession of Weapons – as:
(a) Carries a knife concealed on or about his or her person; or
(b) Carries a firearm concealed on or about his or her person; or
(c) Without legal authority, carries, brings, or has in such person’s possession a firearm or any explosive, incendiary, or other dangerous device on the property of or within any building in which the chambers, galleries, or offices of the general assembly, or either house thereof, are located, or in which a legislative hearing or meeting is being or is to be conducted, or in which the official office of any member, officer, or employee of the general assembly is located.
Essentially, a person can be charged with this crime in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park if he or she knowingly and unlawfully carries a knife or firearm.
What Are the Exceptions to the Unlawful Possession of Weapons in Larimer County?
Luckily, there are some exceptions, which make possession a weapon legal in Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County. The following situations are exemptions to this law:
(b) A person is in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person or another person or property while traveling; or
(c) A person who, at the time of carrying a concealed weapon, held a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon
What is the Punishment for Unlawful Possession of Weapons?
Possession of a Concealed Weapon is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable with:
- 3 to 12 months in the Larimer County Jail; and
- $250 – $1,000 in fines
However, the punishment can be worse if the person in possession of the weapon is a previous offender. In this case, the added charge of Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender may be added. Any time a person has a previous conviction, the sentencing can be increased.
Unlawful Possession of Weapons is a serious offense, and not one to take lightly. The experienced criminal defense attorneys from the O’Malley Law Office have successfully defended many clients charged with this crime. We work tirelessly to minimize or eliminate the harmful effects of having a criminal history.