Colorado’s New Universal Background Check Law Netted a Massive TEN Denials so Far

September 6 2013
by GSL Staff
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No_GunProponents of Colorado’s recently passed universal background check law, which requires background checks to be conducted on private gun sales, said that the new law would keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons.

Well, the new law has been in place for a month now. So, how has it done?

According to the Denver Post, there were 561 private gun sales that went through the new background check system.

Of those, a whopping 10 were denials. Now, false positives are semi common with the NICS background check system due to improperly entered data, or a wrongly flagged record, so we aren’t 100% sure yet if all 10 of those were legit denials.

That works out to 1.78% of private sales that were stopped based on the new background check system, but once again keep in mind, there is a good chance at least some of those could be false positives.

Does this mean the new background check law is stopping criminals from getting guns?

No. What it means is that law abiding gun owners are continuing to do what they always do – obey the law. While criminals will continue to do what they always do – break the law.

Criminals are most likely still acquiring guns through illegal sales, straw purchases, and theft.

The new universal background check law is nothing more than an inconvenience for law abiding citizens.

According to the Denver Post, some politicians are speaking out on the results,

“It is a good indicator of how micromanaging everyone’s life has such small returns,” said state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud. “Those 10 denials, if they are even accurate, are not persuasive at all.”

During the past legislative session, Lundberg called the universal background-check bill “one of the worst bills we’ve seen this year.” These new figures, he said, reinforce that statement.

“In no way am I swayed,” he said.

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