Colo. gun background check requests break records

DENVER — Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings.

The Denver Post reported Monday that there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. That figure surpassed the 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year, said Susan Medina of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which was still totaling the requests Monday.

The surge in applications came after a gunman on Friday killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

So many background checks were submitted that the bureau had to call in extra staff. Wait times exceeded 12 hours for a process that generally takes minutes, Medina said.

The state last year approved more than 245,000 firearms applications out of more than 251,000 requests. A buyer can purchase multiple guns with a single background check. Colorado does not track gun purchases.

Nationwide, more than 16 million background checks were conducted, according to the FBI.



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