2021 Colorado Code
Title 18 - Criminal Code
Article 12 - Offenses Relating to Firearms and Weapons
Part 4 - Firearms - Dealers
§ 18-12-401. Definitions

Universal Citation: CO Code § 18-12-401 (2021)

As used in this part 4, unless the context otherwise requires:

    1. “Firearms” means a pistol, revolver, or other weapon of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which any shot, bullet, or other missile can be discharged, the length of the barrel of which, not including any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed twelve inches.
    2. “Firearms” does not include firearms, as defined in subsection (1)(a) of this section, for which ammunition is not sold or which there is reasonable ground for believing are not capable of being effectually used.

History. Source: L. 2018: Entire part added with relocations,(SB 18-032), ch. 8, p. 150, § 4, effective October 1.

Editor's note:

This section is similar to former § 12-26-101 as it existed prior to 2018.


Law reviews. For article on martial law in Colorado, see 5 Den. B. Ass'n Rec. 10 (No. 219).

The definition of firearms in this section, which regulates the sale of firearms, is limited by its terms to matters relating to the sale of firearms and is not applicable to the concealed weapons statute. Cokley v. People, 168 Colo. 280 , 450 P.2d 1013 (1969) (decided prior to 2018 amendments relocating article 26 of title 12 to this title).

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