DENVER – The wait time for a firearms background check in Colorado is now about seven days and 22 hours, down from about nine days at the beginning of the week.
The check typically took less than an hour, but the Colorado Bureau of Investigation experienced a dramatic backlog after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.
The CBI told The Denver Post that 11,366 background checks were waiting to be processed as of Thursday afternoon, and the agency has asked lawmakers for additional state funds to handle the checks.
Dudley Brown, director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, which advocates for firearms owners’ rights, said “the volume increase is simply due to the fact that gun owners are scared. They believe state lawmakers are going to ban firearms.”