Longmont, CO asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Colorado

Q: My elderly mostly father in-law insists on keeping a hand-gun on him at all times in spite of 2 Drs. say he should not

Am I liable if he shoots someone by accident? He is "mostly" blind. We have tried to take them away, but it is on his person. We took several away and had the long conversation about why it is a bad idea, but he insists he must have it for safety. My wife and I manage his care and will have to cancel his in home care now that he has a gun again.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Colorado elder law attorney could probably answer your question better than a personal injury attorney. You could reach out to one and discuss your role in the person's life. In addition to your liability which you ask about, you could discuss other serious issues here. If he is "mostly blind" as you describe, it doesn't take an attorney to point out that is a dangerous combination with having a gun on the person at all times. What if a six-year old standing in the kitchen is mistaken for a mountain lion? This sounds like something beyond the nature of long conversations where a child is told why it's not good to play with matches. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.