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CBI reporting Colorado background checks for firearms up over 200%

Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 23, 2020

LAKEWOOD — According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck Unit, background checks for firearms transfers are up 227%.

This past week, the CBI received 25,468 background checks for firearms transfers, as compared to 7,773 received in the same time frame last year.

The high demand of checks has resulted in average turnaround time of four business days.

When the background check turnaround times exceed the federal regulation of three business days, it becomes the discretion of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to release firearms outside of this window. However, the CBI strongly encourages firearms dealers to hold firearms until background checks are completed.

Spikes and delays in background checks for firearms transfers are being reported nationwide.