DENVER—Today, the House passed, nearly unanimously, legislation that seeks to curb smash-and-grab burglaries of gun stores. 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 to steal firearms or ammunition. Burglary is defined as illegally entering a building with intent to commit a crime, which is often theft.

“Stealing guns and ammo is a serious crime and warrants more than a couple years in prison,” said Liston. “This bill doubles the sentence for burglarizing a gun store, and I hope it helps deter future crimes and keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.”

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.

House Bill 18-1077 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.