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Old December 27, 2019, 01:52 PM   #9
Aguila Blanca
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Well, it never hurts to look at the actual law. It is quoted in the Colorado page on, but they also include a link that takes us to Lexis:

18-12-302. Large-capacity magazines prohibited - penalties - exceptions
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, on and after July 1, 2013, a person who sells, transfers, or possesses a large-capacity magazine commits a class 2 misdemeanor.
(b) Any person who violates this subsection (1) after having been convicted of a prior violation of said subsection (1) commits a class 1 misdemeanor.
(c) Any person who violates this subsection (1) commits a class 6 felony if the person possessed a large-capacity magazine during the commission of a felony or any crime of violence, as defined in section 18-1.3-406.
(a) A person may possess a large-capacity magazine if he or she:
(I) Owns the large-capacity magazine on July 1, 2013; and
(II) Maintains continuous possession of the large-capacity magazine.
(b) If a person who is alleged to have violated subsection (1) of this section asserts that he or she is permitted to legally possess a large-capacity magazine pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), the prosecution has the burden of proof to refute the assertion.
Subparagraph (2) is the grandfather clause, and it's very clear in its wording. You may possess a "large capacity" magazine in Colorado if you legally owned it before July 1, 2013, and if you maintained continuous possession of it since July 1, 2013. So, based on the clear language of the law, if you bought a gun with a "large capacity" magazine on any date on or after July 1, 2013, you cannot legally possess those magazines in Colorado.

The law also provides that if you claim you legally possessed a large capacity magazine before the cutoff date, the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove that you didn't. For a visitor from out of state, one has to wonder if a prosecutor would want to go through the effort of trying to somehow prove that you bought THIS magazine on or after July 1, 2013. Still, to a risk-averse person like me, getting a couple of 10-round or 15-round magazines for visits to Colorado seems like cheap insurance. Two magazines will cost a lot less than an hour of a defense attorney's time.

Your mileage may vary.
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