:In Colorado, there is no permit required for the purchase of any firearm. Colorado isone of six states that require background checks on all firearm purchases at gunshows
, a well-known forum for gun transfers from unlicensed gun sellers. Thereare 1,698 FFLs in Colorado.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) serves as the Colorado point of contactfor NICS background checks.
CBI INSTACHECK FIREARM STATISTICS
2010209,25597.44%5,4932.56%214,7482011245,47597.68%5,8322.32%251,3072012335,94097.86%7,3622.14%343,302In U.S. in 2009 a firearm was used in 8 percent of violent crimes, 28 percent of robberies, and 5 percent of assaults.
Also, Colorado was one of only 10 states inwhich gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths, 583 deaths to 565 deaths.
In 2011, there were 147 murders in Colorado, 73 of which were the result of firearms, a 12 percent increase from 2010, bringing the firearm murder rate to 1.51per 100,000 population.
An estimated 40 percent of gun purchasers are notrequired to undergo background checks.
:New York famously passed comprehensive gun legislation, the NY SAFE Act in January. Unlike Colorado, New York requires a permit to purchase any firearm.
Among the NY SAFE Act’s provisions are items pertaining to mental health andprivate background checks, similar to HB 13-1229. The SAFE Act requires mentalhealth professionals to report to local mental health officials when they believe apatient is likely to cause harm to themselves or others. This information is thencrosschecked with a gun registration database and, if the patient possesses a gun,their firearm license is suspended and law enforcement is authorized to remove thegun.
Twenty-nine states including Colorado require psychiatric reporting to theNICS.
The NY SAFE Act requires “all gun transfers between private parties, except
U.S. FBI, “Crime in the U.S. 2011” via:http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/10/gun-crime-us-state
DRAFT 3/5/2013 21:19 a3/p3For a complete list of fact sheets, visitwww.mikejohnston.org/in-the-legislature.