Data used to push Colo. background check law questioned a year later

Data was grossly inaccurate
Data used to push Colo. background check law questioned a year later

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by Chris Eger | Guns.com | July 29, 2014


One year after implementing an expanded background check law in Colorado, lawmakers are now learning that the data that served as a basis for the law was grossly inaccurate. As it turns out private transactions make up 7 percent of all gun sales as opposed to the 40 percent they originally thought.

Critics of the measure, which led to gun companies such as Magpul leaving the state as well as a historic recall election, contend that it has not performed as promised.

Primarily, supporters before the measure was passed through the state legislature argued that as much as 40 percent of firearms transfers in the Centennial State were performed as private sales between two individuals without a federally mandated background check performed. These transfers therefore became the target of the bill, which required virtually all gun transactions to have the parties involved vetted through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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