Colorado

Dec 6, 2009 9:22 AM by Associated Press

26 convicted killers tried to buy guns in Colorado

Colorado investigators say twenty-six convicted killers attempted to buy guns but were denied this year as part of the state's instant background check program.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says the convicts were among the nearly 5,000 people through November who were denied a gun purchase because of their criminal records.

CBI data shows the state's InstaCheck program also prevented the gun purchases of 90 people who had been convicted of sexual assault, 82 who had been convicted of a robbery, and 915 with assault convictions.

The InstaCheck program began in 1994. CBI spokesman Lance Clem says Colorado is one of just 14 states that conduct its own background checks. Other states rely on the FBI to do the checks.

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