Aurora, CO asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Colorado

Q: Wondering about colorado's stance on "antique firearms" and if an adult under 21 can purchase an "antique" revolver.

Wondering if its legal to obtain, and carry, at 18 or under 21 considering, antique firearms are not recognized as actual firearms on the federal level. Want to make sure this is the case in CO as well as I can't find any laws excluding or including such firearms in colorado law.

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Sean Maye
Sean Maye
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: The answer to your question is: it depends. It depends on what "antique" gun means. Someone would need more information as to the style and structure of the gun to see if it meets the legal definition requirements for a "handgun." In Colorado, any person under age 18 may not knowingly possess a handgun, except in certain limited situations - not generally, as you're suggesting. Colorado does not provide a minimum age to possess rifles or shotguns and also provides no minimum age for the purchase of a handgun or a long gun, although federal age restrictions still apply.

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