How to Sell a Gun in Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide

Selling a gun in Colorado requires knowledge of the state’s laws to ensure gun owners are in compliance and don’t make any mistakes. The state of Colorado has various laws concerning the ownership, transfer, and the carrying of firearms. If you’re considering selling a gun to another individual, make sure you’re up to speed with the laws that regulate transfers to ensure you’re in compliance and not breaking any laws.

The following information is from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

What Selling Options do Gun Owners Have in Colorado?

There are a few ways gun owners can sell a firearm in a legal transaction:

  • Gun owners can sell their firearm to a local dealer. This is a good way to help ensure gun owners are complying with gun laws in Colorado for firearm sales. However, sellers may be leaving money on the table by selling for much less than the gun’s actual market value.
  • Gun owners can sell a firearm through a private transaction. Colorado gun owners who are selling to a non-immediate family member must conduct a background check through a Federal Firearm Licensee.  However, immediate family members do not need background checks done to transfer firearms between one another.  Immediate family is defined as spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, first cousins, aunts, and uncles (in-laws do not apply). The firearm sold should not be transferred to any family member who is prohibited from purchasing and/or possessing firearm (CRS 18-12-112). A person who violates a provision of this section commits a class 1 misdemeanor and shall also be prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years per state law. C.R.S. 18-12-112 (9)(a)
  • Another option if simply wanting to legally dispose of a firearm is surrendering it to local law enforcement. However, by doing this, gun owners potentially lose on hundreds or even thousands of dollars those guns could be worth in a sale.
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What is the Process of Buying a Firearm from a Dealer in Colorado?

Anyone purchasing a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer must complete a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms form 4473. A firearms purchaser must, under the permanent provisions of the Federal Brady Law, also undergo a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check, which will be performed by the licensed firearms dealer.

The check will indicate to the dealer whether the purchaser’s background allows for the person to complete the purchase of the firearm. If the check disallows the sale for no warranted reason, there is an appeal process the purchaser can pursue to receive the necessary clearance to complete the purchase.

Colorado State Firearm Ownership Prohibitors

In Colorado there are both state and federal disqualifications that will prevent buyer from purchasing a gun.

The following disqualifies a person in Colorado from purchasing a firearm.

  • R.S. 18-12-108(3) and (4)(c) – Has Been Adjudicated Delinquent for a crime, which if committed as an adult, would be a felony.
  • R.S. 18-3-204-Third Degree Assault- victim was LEO, Emergency Responder, Mental Health Provider in the performance of their duties. Pursuant to sentencing guidelines, an individual could receive a misdemeanor sentence of 24-48 months, thereby disqualifying a person per 18 U.S.C. §922 (g) (1).


  • Conviction (felony or misdemeanor) where the crime has a maximum imprisonment term exceeding 1 year (even if a buyer did not receive actual imprisonment exceeding 1 year).
  • Warrant (felony or out-of-state misdemeanor).
  • Felony pre-trial release.
  • Misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence restraining/stalking/protection order mental health adjudication or commitment.
  • Unlawful use or addicted to a controlled substance (including marijuana).
  • Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Renounced U.S. citizenship.
  • Illegal alien.
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