By Chris Eger
Last year Colorado witnessed its highest number of gun sales ever while background check denials dropped in the face of increased legislation.
According to a story published by the Denver Post, the state saw a huge surge in 2013 in the number of pre-sale background checks for firearms performed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
In all, a record 396,955 checks were processed for sales, or about one for every 13 residents. When compared to the figures for 2012, this amounted to an increase of 16 percent.
Of those checks, just 1.9 percent resulted in denials returned by CBI. This figure is down 2.1 percent from 2012.
Potential gun buyers in the state by law have to pay a fee of up to $10 for the background check, which was passed into law last year. This fee goes to fund CBI’s InstaCheck Unit. This new fee, ironically, has hampered gun buyback efforts.
The same set of controversial laws that required the fee also brought with it a limit on magazine capacity to 15-rounds and mandated background checks for private gun transfers.
Prior to its enactment, private gun sales between two individuals in the state did not have to have a background check.
The new measures were met with opposition from Colorado’s very vocal pro-2nd Amendment community and precipitated the recall of two state senators, the resignation of a third, firearm manufacturers leaving the state in protest, and a pending lawsuit by county sheriffs on its enforcement.
Yet, in the face of the controversy its caused, State Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) was quick to claim that the new figures show that the recent legislation is working as intended.
“The fact that the month-to-month totals for background checks on private sales is trending upward tells me that gun sellers, buyers and dealers are adapting to the new law, which is doing what it was designed to do – keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous criminals,” Sen. Carroll said.
Meanwhile, a Second Amendment expert said the numbers, as threats of gun control boost gun sales, did not surprise him.
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