Under state and federal laws, it is illegal for a person to use their own information on firearm paperwork to purchase a gun for someone who cannot lawfully have one. Engaging in this activity is called straw purchasing, and it is prohibited because it circumvents the background check process a person must go through when they are buying a gun.
An individual could be ineligible to possess a firearm for various reasons, including:
- Being convicted of a felony crime
- Being convicted of a crime that has a prison sentence of more than one year
- Attempting to commit a felony
- Being convicted of domestic violence
State Laws Concerning Firearm Straw Purchases
In Colorado, C.R.S. 18-12-111 prohibits firearm straw purchases. The law states that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly obtain or transfer a gun to someone they know is ineligible for this right. Violators could be charged with a class 4 felony. If convicted, the purchaser could spend 2 to 4 years in prison and face $2,000 to $500,000 in fines.
Additionally, under statute 18-12-111, firearms dealers must post the provisions of this law in an area that is visible to the public. Failure to do so could result in a class 2 petty offense charge, which is punishable by a $250 fine.
Federal Laws Prohibiting Straw Purchase
According to 18 U.S.C. 922(d), it is illegal for a person to sell or give a firearm to a person who is not allowed to possess a gun or ammunition. Violators could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
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