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Everything You Need To Know About Warning Shots

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What Is A Warning Shot?

Warning shots are when a person intentionally fires their handgun away from their target. People use warning shots to see if it’s possible to instigate compliance without firing at the person directly. Police and military often use warning shots to fulfill the desired end goal without having to cause harm to a perpetrator.

Are Warning Shots Legal In Colorado?

Part of your responsibility as a gun owner is to thoroughly understand different gun laws. One law that is critical to knowing as a gun owner in the state of Colorado is that it is illegal to fire warning shots. In 1985, a law was passed called the “Make My Day” law. This law allows homeowners to legally fire their firearms at an intruder if they believe they are or will be harmed. Basically, law enforcement believes it’s safer to aim and shoot than shoot randomly with the hopes of scaring someone. So, while warning shots are illegal in Colorado, if you believe you’re in danger, you are allowed to shoot at an intruder or other unwanted individual in your home.

What Are The Consequences For Firing A Warning Shot?

In Colorado, if you illegally discharge your firearm, you will most likely be facing serious consequences. Illegally discharging your firearm involves an individual firing into a home, vehicle or any occupied structure. If you fire a warning shot, authorities have the right to view the incident as you illegally discharging your firearm. Some of the consequences of being found guilty of illegally discharging your firearm, a class 5 felony, include:

  • Up to three years in prison
  • Privilege to own a firearm is revoked
  • Fines ranging from $1,000 to $100,000

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