Project Safe Neighborhoods

Keeping guns & gang violence
off the streets of Pueblo


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Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, in a partnership with the Pueblo Police Department, Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearm (ATF) has been awarded a Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhood Gun Grant.
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Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Pueblo Police Department Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearm
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PSN Gun Violence Reduction Project Objectives:

1. Through Project Safe Neighborhoods increase information sharing between all law enforcement agencies to reduce gun and gang violence in Pueblo County.
2. Increase collaborative efforts between the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and other state and federal agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively reduce gun and gang violence in Pueblo County. Guns
3. Increase the number of directed patrols in specific “hot” neighborhoods using teams of sheriff deputies and police officers. 
4.   Increase the number of arrests and prosecution of cases involving gun violence and gang crime in Pueblo County.
5.   Provide public education programs on gun and gang violence and prevention by Sheriff’s Office deputies to community groups  such as the Neighborhood Crime Watch Programs, civic clubs, youth development providers, Explorer Scouts, Sheriff’s Posse  members, and others.
6.   Through media, inform the public on gun violence and gang crime reduction efforts by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, police, and other state and federal agencies.


  Through literature, inform the public on how to assist law enforcement and what can be done in specific neighborhoods. Develop and print a Gun Violence and Gang Crime Prevention brochure to distribute at each educational and awareness presentation.

C.R.S. 18-21-101 thru 111

Felonies punishable by 1-12 years imprisonment and 1,000-$750,000 in fine
Misdemeanors are punishable by 3-18 months imprisonment and $500-$5,000 in fines

ArrestIt is unlawful for any person convicted of a felony or conspiracy or attempt to commit a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence  or adjudicateddelinquent for a felony to possess a firearm.

It is unlawful for any person under 18 to possess a handgun and it is unlawful to provide or permit a juvenile to possess a handgun. Exceptions include:

   ~ Attendance at a hunter’s safety course or firearms safety course.
   ~ Engaging in lawful target shooting, hunting or trapping with a valid license.
   ~ Traveling with an unloaded handgun to or from any of these activities.

It is unlawful to carry a firearm concealed on or about one’s person without a permit, except for a person in their dwelling, place of business or on property owned or controlled by him or her.

It is unlawful to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

It is unlawful to discharge a firearm from any aircraft or motor vehicle.

It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and unlawfully possess a firearm if the manufacturer’s serial number or other distinguishing number or identification mark has been removed.

It is unlawful to possess a rifle with a barrel under 16 inches and an overall length under 26 inches or a shotgun with a barrel under 18 inches and an overall length under 26 inches, but it is an affirmative defense to a charge of possession if the person accused was a peace officer acting in the lawful discharge of his or her duties or the person has a valid permit and license for its possession.

Federal Firearms LAWS

18 U.S.C. § 922 (g) & (n)

I   Possession or receipt of a firearm or ammunition by a prohibited person: Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. Felon, drug user or addict, alien, is subject to a domestic restraining order, has prior misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault, fugitive from justice, mentally incompetent, & dishonorably discharged from military. Rifles
II   Knowingly sell, give or otherwise dispose of a firearm or ammunition to person who falls within section I: 18 U.S.C. § 922(d).
Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
III   Use, carry or possess a firearm in relationship to or in furtherance of a drug felony or any federal crime of violence: 18 U.S.C.  §924(c) Punishment ranges from at least 5 years, to life imprisonment, or death if death results from use of firearm.
IV   Stolen firearm, ammunition or explosive: 18 U.S.C. §§ 842(h); 922(i),(j) & (u). Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. May not receive, possess, conceal, store, dispose of, pledge or accept as security for a loan, barter, sell or ship or transport across state line any stolen firearm, ammunition or explosive.
V   Firearm in a school zone: 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(20(A) Punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.
VI   Knowingly possess or manufacture: 18 U.S.C. § 922(k), (o) *(v); 26 U.S.C.§ 5861. Punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, depending upon specific violation.
    A. Any machine gun or fully automatic firearm not registered to the possessor in the national Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
    B. Any firearm silencer, including any device or part thereof designed to silence, muffle or diminish the report of a firearm.
    C. Sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18” or overall length less than 26” ; Sawed-off riffle with barrel length less than 16” Or overall length less than 26”
    D. Destructive device  
    E. Any firearm which contains an altered or obliterated serial number.
VII   Sell, Deliver or transfer to a juvenile: 18 U.S.C. § 922(x)(1) Punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment unless transferor had reason to believe juvenile would commit a crime of violence with gun or ammunition, then up to 10 years imprisonment.
Gun and drugs   A. May not sell , deliver or transfer a handgun or handgun only ammunition to a person who is under age 18.
  B. A person under age 18 may not possess a handgun or handgun ammunition.
  C. A firearm licensee may not sell any gun or ammo to anyone under the age of 18 and may not sell a hand gun or handgun ammo to a person under the age of 21.
Armed career criminals: 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) (1) A person prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, as set forth in  Section 1, and who has 3 previous convictions for violent convictions for violent felony or serious drug offence , faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years.



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