A NEW LAW GOES INTO EFFECT PREVENTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE A PROTECTION ORDER FOR ACTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FROM POSSESSING A WEAPON OR AMMUNITION

SB 13-197 recently went into effect which will prohibit the possession of firearms and ammunition by persons who are charged with or convicted of acts of domestic violence. A person will have 24 hours after he or she has been served in court with a mandatory protection order to relinquish any firearm or ammunition or 48 hours if the protection order is served outside of court. A person may sell or transfer the firearm or ammunition to a federally licensed firearms dealer or arrange for storage with a law enforcement agency or sell or transfer the firearm or ammunition to a private party who is permitted to possess a firearm. If the transfer is to a firearms dealer or private party, a written receipt acknowledging the transfer must be obtained and filed with the court within 3 days of the transfer. The failure to file the receipt in time is a new violation. When the order ends, the firearms dealer will have to perform a successful background check before returning the firearm or ammunition. It is our understanding that most police agencies are not storing weapons or ammunition for people who fall under the provisions of this law.