Colo. Lawmakers Deny Funding Request for Firearm Background Checks
DENVER (AP)- Coloradans looking to buy firearms will still have to wait longer to buy one. Colorado lawmakers denied a request for about $455,000 to address a dramatic increase in the number of people needing background checks to buy firearms in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary. The Joint Budget Committee on Thursday voted 4-2 to deny the request from the Department of Public Safety. It means people looking to buy firearms will have to wait longer to make their purchase because there's a backlog. The checks typically have taken less than an hour, but now take about a week because more people are interested in buying firearms as lawmakers in Congress and in the state weigh gun-control measures.