In Colorado, any person under age 18 may not knowingly possess a handgun, except:
- When in attendance at a hunter’s or firearms safety course;
- During lawful firearm or target shooting;
- During certain organized competitions or performances;
- When hunting or trapping with a valid state license;
- When traveling to or from such activities as previously noted;
- When on property under the control of the person’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent with the permission of such person’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent; or
- When at the person’s residence, with the permission of the person’s parent or legal guardian, for the purpose of lawful self-defense.1
Colorado does not provide a minimum age to possess rifles or shotguns. Colorado also provides no minimum age for the purchase of a handgun or a long gun, although federal age restrictions still apply.
For additional age-related restrictions, see the Colorado Child Access Prevention section.
See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-108.5(1), (2).