Governor Polis signs safe gun storage, reporting requirements into law

The Crestone Eagle • May, 2021 Governor Polis signs safe gun storage,reporting requirements into law Two new laws require safe storage of guns in households with minors; and firearms owners to report lost or stolen weapons within five days. Effective July 1, Colorado gun owners will be required to store weapons in a gun safe or with a trigger or cable lock in households when the gun owner knows that a minor or a resident who is ineligible to possess a firearm can gain access. These requirements apply only if the weapon is being stored, not if the owner is carrying the weapon. People charged with violating the new law could face Class 2 misdemeanor charges, which carries fines and, in rare instances, jail time. The new law also requires licensed gun dealers to provide a trigger or cable lock with every firearm sold or transferred. Antique firearms are exempt from this requirement. They also must post a conspicuous safe-storage notice. Licensed gun dealers who don’t provide a locking device or post the required notice could face a fine of up to $500. The law is intended as a common sense measure to avoid theft and misuse, preventing children and adults from doing harm to others or to themselves. The second piece of legislation requires gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm to law enforcement within five days of realizing the weapon is missing. Failure to report is a civil offense carrying a $25 fine. A second […]

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