Colorado gun background checks break records after Sandy Hook massacre
By Ryan Parker
This weekend set a new record for all single-day background check submittals in Colorado for potential gun purchases, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation officials.
The first day after news of one of the worst mass shootings in America, when a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., requests to buy guns in Colorado surged to more than 4,200.
Exact figures weren’t available Monday morning while submittals were being processed, CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said.
But Medina said Saturday’s figures exceeded the previous greatest number of background checks on Black Friday this year, when 4,028 were processed.
The surge following the massacre was so massive it overwhelmed the system, Medina said. So many background checks were submitted the process that normally usually takes minutes turned into wait times of more than 12 hours.
“We had to call in extra staff,”Medina said. “The wait times were high.”