Colorado

Dec 30, 2012 8:10 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Background check delays grow as President Obama talks gun control

The wait for background checks to buy guns in Colorado continues to get longer as more and more people try to buy firearms before any new gun laws are passed in response to recent mass shootings like the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

At Dragonman's Guns in El Paso County on Sunday over 100 pistols and rifles covered the floor of the store's storage area; their potential buyers are waiting to be approved to purchase the guns. Sales of ammunition have also gone up, at least one store in Colorado Springs sold-out of certain kinds of bullets.

"They're only approving 14 to 18 people a day so it's going to probably take a week-and-a-half for everyone to get approved," described Mel Bernstein, Owner of Dragonman's.

Sales of guns, especially assault rifles, at Dragonman have skyrocketed after the Dec. 14 shooting in Connecticut. In Colorado more than 11,000 requests for background checks have overwhelmed the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"I'm in the gun business for 30-years and we never experienced anything like this," Bernstein explained. "They told us nine to ten days to get approved, an approval, which used to take 15 to 20-minutes."

On Sunday morning's "Meet the Press" President Obama vowed to pass new gun control laws, including a possible ban on assault rifles, within the next year.

"I'm going to be putting forward a package and I'm going to be putting my full weight behind it," President Obama said. "I'm going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important."

Local gun stores are expecting strong sales to continue as the gun control debate begins.

"Saturday used to be our busiest day like 250, 300 people," Mel Bernstein described. "Now everyday's been over 250 people."

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation plans to ask the state to give them $500,000 dollars to help deal with the thousands of background checks, lawmakers are expected to take up the issue soon.

 

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