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Colorado lawmakers have enacted a number of strong gun safety laws, despite facing reactionary recall petitions, and should keep up the fight to save lives. 

In 2019, Colorado passed an extreme risk protection order law, facilitating the temporary removal of firearms from at-risk individuals. In 2019, Colorado had the 18th-highest gun death rate among the states, and exported crime guns at a lower rate than the national average. To save lives, lawmakers in Colorado could pass laws requiring waiting periods for all firearm sales, raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and require owners to report lost and stolen firearms.

What Colorado Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Certain child access prevention laws
  • State database background checks
  • Extended background check period
  • Disarming procedures

What Colorado is Missing

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.