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Letter: Background checks protection

Colorado’s 2013 gun related legislation expanding background checks to include private gun transfers (such as sales) makes sense, broadening the protection of background checks.

By Federal law in 1994, various agencies began a process of implementing criminal history background checks prior to a gun transfer by a licensed dealer.

Then in 2000 Colorado voters approved Amendment 22 which expanded background checks to all gun show, gun transfers, an amendment approved by 70 percent of the voters.

Colorado’s 2013 legislation expanded these checks to include private gun transfers.

From a broader perspective, background checks are a common requirement today.

A well-managed rental housing application will require a background check as will an application for a good job.

To be a peddler or street musician in Pueblo requires a $10 background check.

Background checks for the private transfer of an item as potentially lethal as a gun is good public policy and will assist gun owners from unwittingly transferring a gun to a felon, fugitive, domestic abuser, addict, etc.

A February 2013 Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report, “Background Checks for Firearm Transfers,” shows that in Colorado from 1999-2010 there were 1.9 million firearm applications of which 3.5 percent were initially declined after a background check.

Nationally in the same period the leading reasons for declination were a felony indictment or conviction and domestic violence per Table 4 in the report.

While Senator Angela Giron was harangued by some for this year’s gun related legislation in Colorado, citizens of the Third District now have the opportunity to quietly support her by marking a ballot in favor of Angela.

Vote “No” on the recall.

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