Democrats pushed the proposal into law last year as part of a package of gun restrictions meant to improve safety after devastating mass shootings. Lawmakers drafting the background check requirement, aimed at keeping firearms away from those with a criminal history, relied on information from a non-partisan research arm of the Legislature that predicted about 420,000 new reviews over the first two years. Accordingly, they budgeted about $3 million to the agency that conducts the checks to handle the anticipated surge of work.
But after a year of operating under the new system, Colorado Bureau of Investigations officials have performed only about 13,600 reviews considered a result of the new law â€” about 7 percent of the estimated first year total.
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For Republicans, it provides evidence that a plan they opposed from the start was an unnecessary attack on the rights of gun owners and bolsters the conservative efforts that recalled two Democratic state senators and prompted a third to resign.
Read the whole thing. There was a total of 311,000 background checks performed. Of that, less than 13,600 were a result of the “expanded” law required for private transfers. Total denials? 260, probably from from people who didn’t realize they had something bad in their background.
You can bet that those who do know they would never pass an NICS background check aren’t obeying the new law.
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