DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado lawmakers are considering a new bill that could prohibit people convicted of certain misdemeanors from purchasing a gun.
The Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements is meant to tighten the background check process.
House Bill 21-1298 would prevent licensed gun dealers from selling a firearm to people that have been convicted in the last five years of a misdemeanor for the following offenses:
- Assault in the third degree
- Bias-motivated crime
- Child abuse
- Crime against an at-risk person
- Cruelty to animals
- Possession of an illegal weapon
- Sexual assault
- Unlawful sexual contact
- Unlawfully providing a firearm other than a handgun to a juvenile
- Violation of a protection order
Additionally, HB21-129 makes it unlawful for licensed gun dealers to transfer a firearm before receiving a background check from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in the Department of Public Safety. The violation would be a class 1 misdemeanor.