Rep. Liston’s bill to increase penalties for gun theft clears first committee

Representative Larry Liston - Colorado Springs (HD 16)

Representative Larry Liston – Colorado Springs (HD 16)

DENVER—Today, the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed a bill that elevates the penalty for burglary of a firearm in Colorado. House Bill 18-1077, sponsored by Representative Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs), increases the penalty for a second degree burglary from a class 4 to a class 3 felony when the intent is steal firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition. The crime of burglary is defined as entering into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime; often to commit theft.

Elevating the criminal sentence range to a class 3 felony would carry a presumptive range of 4-12 years of prison, doubling the range from a class 4.

“This is good public policy that will make the crime of burglarizing a gun store more than just a slap on the wrist,” said Liston. “For the safety of our men and women in blue and for our communities, we need to make smash and grab burglaries of gun stores a serious crime, and the passage of this bill sends that message.”

House Bill 18-1077 passed by a vote of 7-2, and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.