The Colorado firearm (gun) bill of sale form is exercised in the event of a private sale pertaining to a firearm. Distinct material facts involving the exchange are transcribed to the form, originating a physical record of the sale or trade. Some of the required entries would include buyer/seller information, gun description, and purchase price. Once the requisite information has been entered, it is recommended that all participating parties sign the document under the observation of a notary, who will then ratify the agreement. The seller must verify that the purchaser is of legal age to own a firearm (18 and older for long guns, 21 and older for handguns) and not forbidden by law. To ensure that no firearms get into the hands of a prohibited person, Colorado law orders all residents to conduct a background check anytime a gun is being sold. The most common way to achieve this is to have both parties appear before a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer who has access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
How to Register a Gun
Colorado legislature does not dictate the registration of firearms. It is actually legally prohibited for any law enforcement agency within the state to implement such a process (subject to C.R.S. § 29-11.7-102). No licensing or permit is required unless the gun owner would like to carry a concealed handgun.
How to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit
Any individual applying for a CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit) must be at least 21 years of age and legally reside within the state of Colorado (refer to C.R.S. § 18-12-203 for more qualifications). Interested parties should contact their local sheriff’s department to inquire about the application process, as it may vary in different counties. The mandatory requisites will include:
- A state-issued form of photo ID.
- Proof affirming that the applicant resides within the county they claim (utility bill, tax filing, lease).
- A document verifying that the applicant has passed a certified handgun training course (must be signed by the instructor).
- Payment for the cost associated with any background checks or application fees (generally requested to provide cashier’s check or money order).
- Obligatory background checks will include:
- CICC (Colorado Crime Information Center) Check
- FBI Fingerprint Check
How to Write
Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.
Step 2 – Seller & Buyer Information – The agreement requests that both parties taking part in the sale or trade provide the following details into the section assigned to them:
- Mailing Address
- Driver’s License Number
Step 3 – Firearm Details – Specify which gun is being transferred within the sale/trade by inserting the following entries:
- Manufacturer (or Make)
- Serial Number
Step 3 – Sale/Trade Description – Enter the terms of the arrangement that were settled by the participants who have an interest in the transaction:
- Total Dollar Sum of the Selling Price (in words)
- Total Dollar Sum of the Selling Price (in numbers)
- Sale Date (month, day, year)
- Check the box indicating that the transaction involves a trade, and write-in a synopsis clarifying the circumstances of the exchange (if applicable).
Step 4 – Disclosure Section – Both sides taking part in the transaction are provided a disclosure statement. Read the following statements and sign below if you declare that they are factually true.
Step 5 – Executing Signatures – It is advised that this section take place in the presence of a notary. Parties involved in the exchange must provide the following elements:
- Seller’s Signature
- Seller’s Printed Name
- Buyer’s Signature
- Buyer’s Printed Name
- Witness #1’s Signature
- Witness #1’s Printed Name
- Witness #2’s Signature
- Witness #2’s Printed Name
Upon completion of the above requirements, the authorized agent will certify the document by executing the notarized portions of the form.