Firearm Rights and Crimes

Citizens’ in Greeley and Weld County have the Right to Bear Arms under the 2nd Amendment. What the government does not tell you are all the ways they can keep you from exercising that right. Federal law has over-ridden Colorado law in Greeley, Dacono, Fort Lupton, Keenesburg, and Platteville regarding gun control. Knowing exactly what may hinder you from using your Second Amendment Right is important to make sure you can secure it.

Greeley Gun Ownership Prohibited

The United States government has declared that anyone who has been convicted of a crime in which the punishment can be more than a year in prison is not be able to possess a firearm. This would apply to anyone convicted of a felony or some misdemeanors. If a misdemeanor crime of Domestic Violence is committed, the person convicted will lose their gun privileges. Remember, however, that it is the federal definition of Domestic Violence which matters. Other provisions made by the government eliminate gun ownership for:

  • Illegal aliens or people with a non-immigration visa

  • Anyone who is the subject of a court protection order

  • Someone who had rejected their United States citizenship

  • Someone who was dishonorably discharged from the military

  • Anyone committed to a mental institution

  • A fugitive

  • An unlawful user or addict of controlled substances

Colorado law applicable in Miliken, Firestone, and Lochbuie restricts gun ownership to anyone convicted of a felony, on probation, under a court order that prohibits firearms possession, and anyone, who as a juvenile, committed a crime that is a felony if committed by an adult. Our Colorado Constitution gun rights originate under Article II, Section 13.

Weld County Firearm Rights Lawyer: Limitations on the Use of Firearms

The government not only restricts those who may be in possession of a firearm, they also restrict the ways someone may be able to use them. It is important to be familiar with the prohibitions and limitations on using rifles, pistols, bows and arrows, and shotguns in Weld County.

The 2nd Amendment: Your Firearms Rights

The Right to Bear Arms ensures that you can protect your family, possessions, or property under both the US and Colorado Constitutions. The 2nd Amendment also guarantees that you can hunt and participate in outdoor recreation that involves target practice and shooting. In turn, protecting firearms rights is essential in keeping this land free.

Firearm and Weapons Crimes

Possession of a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon

Greeley, Windsor, and Erie Police take weapon-related crimes very seriously. While carrying a gun is legal with the proper permit, there are certain weapons the government has deemed illegal or dangerous, making it against the law to possess them and could get a person charged with Possession of a Dangerous or Illegal Weapon.

Illegal Discharge of a Firearm

Accidents happen, but the law doesn’t make many exceptions when it comes to firearms. Anytime a gun is discharged in a house or occupied car, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm is charged.

Prohibited Use of a Weapon

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a person’s right to bear arms because our forefathers recognized the importance of firearms. They provide self-defense and security and are also used for sporting purposes. On the other hand, when weapons are not used with care, they can be a danger to others. Due to this potential for danger, rules and regulations have been put in place concerning the use of weapons.

Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender

While the Second Amendment guarantees a person’s right to bear arms, both federal and Colorado law have taken that right away if a person has been convicted of any felony or certain misdemeanors in Weld, Morgan, or Logan County.

Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Carry

Not all weapons are off limits to carry concealed on your person. Hunting and fishing knives for sporting use, or a knife with a blade less than 3.5 inches in length, are legal to carry. There are, however, many weapons, which are illegal to carry and can get a person charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Concealed Weapon / Unlawful Possession of Weapons.


Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced defense attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office.

Call 970-616-6009 or fill out the Get Help Now form to meet with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Weld County and the Greeley area for a free consultation. 

Together, we can protect your future.

Get Help Now!