NEW COLORADO LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS TO RELINQUISH GUNS IMMEDIATELY AFTER CONVICTION
April 5, 2013
Individuals convicted of crimes of domestic violence or individuals that have protection orders issued against them are already barred from possessing or purchasing firearms. However, under the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 197, domestic violence offenders and those against whom domestic protection orders are issued will be required to surrender their guns 24 to 72 hours after the entry of domestic violence convictions or the issuance of such protection orders.
The collateral consequences of domestic violence convictions are becoming so significant that anyone facing such charges must seek the help of competent and effective counsel to successfully navigate the seemingly endless web of legal obstacles such as offenders face.