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Ch. 17—Fire Arms, Article 1, § 170, FORT COLLINS, CODE 143, 143 (Larimer County Democrat Printing Co. 1917).

CHAPTER 17.

Fire Arms

ARTICLE 1.

§ 170. Prohibited, Except by Permission. (Sec. 1.) That any person who shall within the City of Fort Collins, fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or fire-arm of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib, cracker or other thing containing powder or other combustible matter or explosive material without permission from the Mayor (which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked by the Mayor at any time after the same has been granted), shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in a sum of not less than one ($1) dollar nor more than one hundred ($100) dollars. Provided, that no permission shall be granted any person or persons to hold or conduct any shooting match or competitive trial of skill with fire arms within the city, except the same be authorized by resolution of the City Council.
(Passed and adopted January 17, 1887.)”

Full Text: 1887, CO, The Code of Fort Collins, Chapter 17—Fire Arms


Frank J. Annis, Ray Baxter, and L. R. Rhodes, eds., The Code of Fort Collins: Comprising Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter, Amendments Thereto, and General Ordinances of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado: 1917 (Fort Collins, CO: Larimer County Democrat Printing Co., 1917), 143. Chapter 17—Fire Arms, Article 1, § 170—Prohibited, Except by Permission. Passed and Adopted, January 17, 1887.




Use of Firearms and Explosives; Toy Pistols; Cannon Firecrackers; Toy Weapons, ch. 6, art. 2, §§ 505-509, COLORODO SPRINGS, CODE 274, 274-75 (Law Dates Uncertain; Published 1914 by Joslyn Quick Printery).

ARTICLE 2.
OFFENSES AFFECTING THE SAFETY OF
PERSONS AND PROPERTY.

    §505. Use of Firearms and Explosives. (Sec. 241)* No person shall fire or discharge any cannon, gun, pistol or other firearms or set off, fire or explode any torpedo, firecracker, fireball, rocket or other fireworks whatsoever or make or kindle any bonfire, provided, however, that the mayor may by proclamation, suspend the operation of the provisions of this section in whole or in part on the 4th day of July or on any other day of public rejoicing; and provided, further, that the discharge of firearms by the members of any military company when on parade and in accordance with the command of the commanding officer, or by any city officer or other person in the discharge of any regular duty, or necessary or lawful act, the same being done in a proper and careful manner, shall not be deemed a violation hereof. [Ord. No. 730, passed Apr. 3, 1907.]*

    §506. Toy Pistols. Cannon Firecrackers. (Sec. 1) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city of Colorado Springs, to have in possession, use, sell or give away any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a toy pistol, using fulminate paper caps or copper shelled blank cartridges, or to have in possession, use, sell or give away any explosive bombs known as cannon firecrackers.
    §507. Penalty. (Sec. 2) Every person convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than forty dollars for each offense. [Ord. No. 673, passed June 27, 1904.]
    §508. Toy Weapons. (Sec. 1) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city of Colorado Springs to have in possession, or to make, use, sell or offer for sale any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a pea-shooter, sling or beany, made for the purpose of throwing projectiles by means of elastic rubber, cords or bands, or other India rubber parts, or by means of springs or any air-gun, whether such instrument is called by any name above set forth, or by any other name.
    §509. Penalty. (Sec. 2) Every person convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be fined in a sum not less than one dollar, nor more than twenty dollars for each offense. [Ord. No. 513, passed Dec. 27, 1897.]”

Full Text: 1914, Colorado Springs, ch. 6, art. 2, §§ 505-509


* The parenthetical references to sections and the bracketed references to ordinances may refer to the original manuscripts mentioned in pp. v-vi of the introduction: “the City Clerk as above required shall certify under his hand and seal of the City of Colorado Springs as to the correctness thereof by comparison with the original manuscripts on file in his office…” These pages are included in the attached PDF; however, the reader should do independent further research to confirm the correct and exact source of the parenthetical and bracketed citations.  



Frank Exline, ed., The Code of Colorado Springs: Comprising Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter, Amendments Thereto, and General Ordinances of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1914 (Colorado Springs, CO: the Joslyn Quick Printery, 1914), 274-275. Chapter 6—Of Public Offenses and Penalties, Article 2—Offenses Affecting the Safety of Persons and Property, §§ 505-509. (Date uncertain; dates possibly range from those provided within brackets appended to certain sections: December 27, 1897 to April 3, 1907).




Carrying Concealed Weapons, ch. 6, art. 1, § 501, COLORODO SPRINGS, CODE 271, 273 (Law Undated; Published 1914 by Joslyn Quick Printery).

Ҥ501. Carrying Concealed Weapons. (Sec. 260)*

No person shall carry or wear under his clothes or concealed about his person, any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dirk or other deadly weapon. No person shall display or flourish any deadly weapon in a threatening or boisterous manner. This section shall not apply to police officers when on duty, and the mayor may grant to any and all such persons as he may think proper, license to carry concealed weapons and may revoke any and all such licenses at his pleasure. Each such license shall state the name, age, occupation and residence of the person to whom it is granted and each such license shall expire with the current municipal year.”

Full Text: 1914, Colorado Springs, ch. 6, art. 1, § 501—Carrying Concealed Weapons


* The parenthetical reference to Sec. 260 may refer to the original manuscripts mentioned in pp. v-vi of the introduction: “the City Clerk as above required shall certify under his hand and seal of the City of Colorado Springs as to the correctness thereof by comparison with the original manuscripts on file in his office…” These pages are included in the attached PDF; however, the reader should do independent further research to confirm the correct and exact source of the parenthetical citation.  


Frank Exline, ed., The Code of Colorado Springs: Comprising Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter, Amendments Thereto, and General Ordinances of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1914 (Colorado Springs, CO: the Joslyn Quick Printery, 1914), 273. Chapter 6—Of Public Offenses and Penalties, Article 1—Offenses Concerning the Public Peace, § 501— Carrying Concealed Weapons. (Undated).




An Act Concerning the Enrollment and Organization of the Militia of the State, prescribing the District and Number and Rank of the Officers thereof, and Defining the Duties of Such Officers, Article VIII, §23 Unlawful Armed Assemblage (8 Feb. 1879).

“Sec. 23. It shall not be lawful for any body of men whatsoever, other than the regularly organized national guard or militia, or the troops of the United States, to associate themselves together as a military company or organization, or to parade in public with arms, in any city or town in the state, without the license of the governor therefor, which may at any time be revoked, nor shall it be lawful for any city or town to raise or appropriate any money towards arming, equipping, uniforming, or in any way supporting or sustaining, or providing drill rooms or armories for any such bodies of men.”

1879, CO, An Act Concerning the Enrollment and Organization of the Militia of the State


Laws Passed at the Second Session of the General Assembly of the State of Colorado, Convened at Denver, on the First Day of January, A, D. 1879 (Denver, CO: Daily Times Printing House and Book Manufactory, 1879), 138-139. Article VIII, § 23 Unlawful Armed Assemblage.




Revised Ordinances of the City of Boulder, 157, An Ordinance for the Protection of Several Parks Belonging to the City No. 511 (1899)

511. No firearms or shooting in.

SECTION I.  Any person other than the police officers of the city who shall take or carry or cause to be taken or carried in to any of the parks belonging to the City of Boulder, any gun, pistol, or revolver, or other firearm, or who shall shoot any firearm at or towards or over or into or upon any of said parks, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. 




1911 Colo. Sess. Laws 408

Section 3. Every individual, firm or corporation engaged, within this commonwealth, in the- retail sale, rental or exchange of firearms, pistols or revolvers, shall keep a record of each pistol or revolver sold, rented or exchanged at retail. Said record shall be made at the time of the transaction in a book kept for that purpose and shall include the name of the person to whom the pistol or revolver is sold or rented, or with whom exchanged; his age, occupation, residence, and., if residing in a city, the street and number therein where he resides; the make, calibre and finish of said pistol, or revolver, together with its number and serial letter, if any; the date of the sale, rental or exchange of said revolver; and the name of the employee or other person making such sale, rental or exchange. Said record- book shall be open at all times to the inspection of any duly authorized police officer.

Section 4. Every individual, firm or corporation fail- ng to keep the record provided for in the first section of this act, or who shall refuse to exhibit such record when requested by a police officer, and any purchaser, lessee or exchanger of a pistol or revolver, who shall, in connection with the making of such record, give false information, shall be guilty of a Misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five, nor more than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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1931 Colo. Sess. Laws 399, To Prohibit the Use of Aircraft to Hunt, Take, Pursue . . . Water Fowl . . . To Prohibit the Discharge of Firearms Therefrom . . ., ch. 97, § 2.

It shall be unlawful to discharge any gun, rifle, pistol, shot gun, or other firearm from any aircraft, airplane or airship while the same is in motion, with the intent or purpose to take, capture, kill or attempt to kill, capture or possess any migratory bird as described in Section 1 of this Act.




1919 Colo. Sess. Laws 416–417, Foreign-Born Unnaturalized Citizens, § 1.

. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign-born resident to hunt for or capture or kill, in this state; any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, excepting in defense of persons or property; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign-born resident, within this state, to either own or be possessed of a shotgun or rifle of any make, or a pistol or firearm of any kind. Each and every person violating any provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty five dollars ($25) nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250), or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten (10) days or more than three months (3), or by both such fine and imprisonment. Provided, that in addition the before-named penalty all guns of the above mentioned kinds found in possession or under control of an unnaturalized foreign-born resident shall, upon conviction of such person, be declared forfeited to the State of Colorado . . . .




1913 Colo. Sess. Laws 156, To Amend . . . the Revised Statutes of Colorado for 1908, Concerning Powers of Incorporated Towns and Cities, ch. 53, §1.

The city council, or board of trustees in towns, shall have power to regulate or prevent the storage and transportation of gunpowder, tar, pitch . . . or any of the products thereof, and other combustible or explosive material, within the corporate limits, and prescribe the limits within which any such regulations shall apply. Also to regulate the use of lights in stables, shops and other places, and to prevent the building of bonfires; and also to regulate or prevent the storage of gunpowder and other high explosives within the corporate limits and other high explosives within the corporate limits, or within one mile of the outer boundaries thereof. Also, to regulate and restrain the use of fireworks, fire crackers, torpedos, Roman candles, sky-rockets and other pyrotechnic displays.




1907 Colo. Rev. Stat. 522, Offenses Against Habitations and Other Buildings, § 69.

Any person who, with the intent to commit any crime, breaks and enters any building and, for the purpose of committing any crime, uses or attempts to use nitroglycerine, dynamite, gunpowder or any other explosive, is guilty of burglary with explosives and on conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of not less than twenty-five nor more than forty years.




1907 Colo. Sess. Laws 419, Game—Fish, § 10.

No game shall be pursued, taken, wounded or Unlawful to killed in the night, nor with a steel or hard pointed bullet; nor with any weapon other than ordinary shoulder gun or pistol. . . .




Oscar F.Greene, A Revised Ordinances of the City of Boulder Page 157, Image 168 (1899) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Ordinances of the City of Boulder. 511. No Firearms or Shooting in. § 1. Any person other than the police officers of the city who shall take or carry or cause to be taken or carried into any of the parks belonging to the City of Boulder, any gun, pistol, revolver, or other firearm, or who shall shoot any firearm at or towards or over or into or upon any of said parks, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.




Isham White, The Laws and Ordinances of the City of Denver, Colorado Page 355, Image 355 (1886) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Vehicles for Transporting Powder, Sec. 14. No wagon, dray, cart or other vehicle loaded, in whole or in part, with gunpowder or gun-cotton, shall be permitted to stand or remain on any street, alley, highway or place in said city, except when unavoidably detained, and every magazine, safe, box or keg used for storing or transporting, and all vehicles employed in hauling gunpowder or gun-cotton within the city, shall have the word “Powder” painted upon both sides of the same in large letters.




Isham White, The Laws and Ordinances of the City of Denver, Colorado Page 369, Image 370 (1886) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

City of Denver, Slung Shot – Brass Knuckles, § 10. Whenever there shall be found upon the person of anyone who is guilty of a breach of the peace, or of conduct calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, any slung shot, colt, or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, or, when upon trial, evidence shall be adduced proving that such weapons were in the possession or on the person of anyone while in the act of commission of the acts aforesaid, such person shall upon conviction be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than three hundred dollars.




Colo. Rev. Stat 1774, Carrying Concealed Weapons—Penalty—Search Without Warrant—Jurisdiction of Justice, § 248.

No person, unless authorized so to do by the chief of police of a city, mayor of a town or the sheriff of a county, shall use or carry concealed upon his person any firearms, as defined by law, nor any pistol, revolver, bowie knife, dagger, sling shot, brass knuckles or other deadly weapon . . . .




Edward O. Wolcott, The Ordinances of Georgetown Passed June 7th, A.D. 1877, Together with the Charter of Georgetown, and the Amendments Thereto: A Copy of the Patent Heretofore Issued to Georgetown by the Government of the United States, and the Rules and Order of Business Page 100, Image 101 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Offenses Affecting Streets and Public Property, § 9. If any person or persons, within the corporate limits of Georgetown, shall be found carrying concealed, upon his or her person, any pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other deadly weapon, such person shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in a sum not less than five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars.




William M.Clark, General Laws of the State of Colorado: Comprising that Portion of the Revised Statutes of Colorado, and the General Acts of the Subsequent Legislative Assemblies of Colorado Territory for the Years 1870, 1872, 1874, and 1876, Still Remaining in Force, and the General Laws Enacted at the First Session of the General Assembly of the State of Colorado, Convened November 1, 1876, Together with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Amendments Thereto, the Enabling Act, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and the Proclamation of the President of the United States Declaring the Admission of the State Page 485, Image 496 (1877) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Act for the Protection of Wild Game and Insectiverous Birds, # 1286, § 5. It shall not be lawful for any person to kill, ensnare or trap in the enclosure of any other person, any elk, deer, antelope, mountain sheep, or any game whatsoever at any time, without the consent of the proprietor or owner of said enclosure, or enter such enclosure with a gun for the purpose of hunting, without the consent of the owner. Any one violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars, and not less than twenty-five dollars for every such offense so committed; said fine shall be paid into the school fund of the county in which said offense was committed, and in case of refusal or neglect of any person so convicted, to pay the fine above the stated, he shall be confined in the county jail one day for every three dollars thereof, until said fine shall be discharged.




1876 Colo. Sess. Laws 304, General Laws, § 154.

if any person shall have upon him any pistol, gun, knife, dirk, bludgeon, or other offensive weapon, with intent to assault any person, every such person, on conviction shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail no exceeding six months.




1876 Colo. Const. 30, art. II, § 13.

That the right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when hereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.




Thomas M. Patterson, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Denver, as Adopted Since the Incorporation of the City and Its Organization, November, 1861, to the First Day of February, A.D., 1875, Revised and Amended, Together with an Act of the Legislature of the Territory of Colorado, in Relation to Municipal Corporations Page 135, Image 135 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Ordinances] of the City of Denver, § 12. No person shall keep at his place of business or elsewhere within this city a greater quantity of gunpowder or gun-cotton than twenty-five pounds at one time, and the same shall be kept in tin or copper canisters or cases containing not to exceed five pounds in each and in a situation remote from fires, lighted lamps and candles, and from which they may easily be removed in case of fire; and no person or persons shall sell or weigh any gunpowder or guncotton after the lighting of lamps in the evening unless in sealed canisters or cases; and no person shall be allowed to keep nitro-glycerine in any part of said city. A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall subject the offender to a fine not less than ten dollars nor exceeding one hundred dollars. § 13. It shall be lawful for the Mayor or any member of the City Council, the Chief of Police or police officers or Chief or Assistant Chief Engineer, when any of them shall have cause to suspect that any gunpowder, gun-cotton or nitro glycerine is concealed or kept within the city, in violation of the provisions of this ordinance, to search any place in said city for the purpose of determining whether any gunpowder, gun-cotton or nitro-glycerine is concealed or kept as aforesaid. Any person who shall obstruct or hinder any such officer, making search in the execution of his duties under this section, shall forfeit and pay to said city for each offense a sum not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.




Thomas M. Patterson, The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Denver, as Adopted Since the Incorporation of the City and Its Organization, November, 1861, to the First Day of February, A.D., 1875, Revised and Amended, Together with an Act of the Legislature of the Territory of Colorado, in Relation to Municipal Corporations, Page 78, Image 78 (1875) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[City of Denver,] Charter and Ordinances: Offenses Affecting Public Safety, § 1. If any person shall, within this city, fire or discharge any cannon, gun, fowling piece, pistol or fire arms of any description, or fire, explode or set off any squib, cracker, or other thing containing powder or other combustible or explosive material, without permission from the Mayor (which permission shall limit the time of such firing, and shall be subject to be revoked by the Mayor or City Council at any time after the same has been granted), every such person shall, on conviction, be fined in a sum not less than one dollar and not exceeding one hundred dollars: Provided, that no permission shall be granted to any person or persons to hold or conduct any shooting match or competitive trial of skill with fire arms within the limits of this city.




The Revised Statutes of Colorado: as Passed at the Seventh Session of the Legislative Assembly, Convened on the Second Day of December, A.D. 1867. Also, the Acts of a Public Nature Passed at the Same Session, and the Prior Laws Still in: Together with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Organic Act, and the Amendments Thereto Page 606, Image 606 (1868) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Towns and Cities: Article III. General Powers of Trustees, §1. The board of trustees of every such town shall have control of the finances, and all the property, real and personal, belonging to the corporation; and shall likewise have power within the limits of the town: . . . Seventh, To provide regulations for the prevention and extinguishment of fires; to prevent the erection of wooden buildings within prescribed limits; to regulate the construction of chimneys, furnaces and fire-places; to regulate the storage of gunpowder, gun-cotton, nitro-glycerine, tar, pitch, resin, and other combustible or inflammable materials, and to prescribe the places the places and manner of storing the same.




1867 Colo. Sess. Laws 229, Criminal Code, § 149.

If any person or persons shall, within any city, town or village in this territory, whether the same is incorporated or not, carry concealed upon his or her person, any pistol, bowie-knife, dagger or other deadly weapon, such person shall, on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace of the proper county, be fined in any sum not less than five nor more than thirty-five dollars. The provision of this section shall not be construed to apply to sheriffs, constables and police officers, when in the execution of their official duties.




1862 Colo. Sess. Laws 56, An Act To Prevent The Carrying Of Concealed Deadly Weapons In The Cities And Towns Of This Territory, § 1.

If any person or persons shall, within any city, town, or village in this Territory, whether the same is incorporated or not, carry concealed upon his or her person any pistol, bowie knife, dagger, or other deadly weapon, shall, on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace of the proper county, be fined in a sum not less than five, nor more than thirty-five dollars.