Felons’ Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Colorado even if the Federal Government does not agree

Felons in Colorado get only limited benefit from this ruling, because they are still generally barred by federal law from possessing a gun, and the Colorado Constitution doesn’t affect the application of that federal law. But in practice, a defense against a state prosecution remains useful even if it won’t work against a federal prosecution, because many such felon-in-possession cases are brought only under state law by state prosecutors (since there are many more such prosecutors in Colorado than federal prosecutors).

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