State Senator: Certain gun background checks waste of time, taxpayer money

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Redundant -- that's how State Senator Steve King describes the background check process citizens with concealed carry permits have to go through each time they buy a firearm. Now, he's reaching out to federal officials to see if Colorado can make it easier for those people to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

When it comes to the right to bear arms, State Senator Steve King, (R) Grand Junction, says he doesn't think law abiding citizens should have to bear red tape.

"If they went and said I'm going to buy a new rifle, that's another background check," said King. "If they say oh, I'm going to buy a new handgun, another background check."

Federal law requires that background checks be done on individuals before they are allowed to buy a firearm. While he doesn't dispute the checks are necessary for many people who purchase a gun, King says it doesn't make sense for those who come to buy one with a concealed carry permit in hand.

"It's redundant," said King. "It's a waste of their time, it's a waste of taxpayer money when it comes to having to check again what has already been checked before."

To receive a concealed carry permit in Colorado, an applicant must go through several steps including passing federal and state background checks and submitting two sets of fingerprints that are turned over to the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

"They've had every possible background investigation that can be done," said King.

A provision in the federal requiring background checks does allow for some exceptions, which King believes a Colorado concealed carry permit should fall under. In a recent letter to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, he's asked the agency to review the state concealed carry laws to see if a permit would qualify -- and if not, tell him how the laws would need to change so they would.

"That would be something we'd definitely look at," said King.

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  • by Just a thought on Nov 24, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    If I already have a gun or two at home and regardless of my "CCW" status, want to buy another gun, what good is a "check", instant or otherwise? Bad guys have guns. Denis, they are called "criminals" because they ignore laws (like "protesters" I guess). Bad guys will always have guns. Bureaucrats will always be somewhere else when you need them. (Giving rides to "Occupy Grand Junction" or the other friends of Jacob Richards?)
  • by Alma Swanson Location: Eagle on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    What Senator King fails to note, is that a concealed carry permit is good for 5 years. We have countless examples, even without good data, of people who were eligible to possess a weapon when they received their permit, but who later committed a felony or domestic violence and were no longer eligible. Yes, law abiding citizens should have weapons, but criminals should not. Senator King's proposal will allow more criminals to get weapons.
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      by Actually on Nov 24, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to Alma Swanson
      The crime rate for CCW holders is a fraction of the crime rate for police officers.
  • by N on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    Keep fighting Mr. King. This is a good common sense proposal. The next big issue that needs addressed is full reciprocity for CC permits amongst all 50 states. Why should this be the one inalienable right that begins or ends at the state line?
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    It is infinitely better to have a gun and not need one than it is to need a gun and not have one.
  • by Guest on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    As liberals attempt to move our society towards socialism they fear our guns. Without guns Americans become slaves to goverment. Granted a hunting rifle or handgun is no match against the military but just a few armed citizens resisting socialism will turn public opinion, when assinated by military putting down uprisings.
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      by D on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM in reply to Guest
      Funny how masses are manipulated yet each individual believes they are not slave and think independently. What a delusion! You accepted that you are powerless against the regular army, did Glenn Beck tell you how to fight off the "spread of socialism" with your silly toys? Are you going to shoot an elected official? That will turn public opinion indeed. Remember gun loving "Christian" from Europe. Everybody loved him for what he did. Any better ideas involving guns?
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        by Guest on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to D
        When ten thousand armed citizens show up in washington DC to protest the liberals attempt to disarm Americans and one of them is shot we will have another Kent State. Remember the worlds reaction to protesters being killed in the Middle East or China. The same thing could happen here.
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          by D on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:56 AM in reply to Guest
          This is not how democracy rolls. Save your energy for elections. If you think that your silly toy gives you a louder voice then you should move to Middle East or China.
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        by Dave on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:35 PM in reply to D
        Well, so we see another of the Obamanation supporters who is unable to conduct research on their own. So, let us know when you'd like to begin your education in both the constitutional right given to protect and to the facts surrounding why an armed citizen is much more feared than an armed police officer.
  • by Old Timer on Oct 26, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    Personally, I like the idea of having a lot of guns in the hands of the innocent people and fewer guns in the hands of the criminals. It would cut the crime rate down a lot in the long run and there would be fewer victims.....
  • by voting taxpayer Location: gj on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    I wish King would do something besides talk.He's starting to sound like a certain someone.
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    This is off topic but there is no place else to put it; Hey channel 11, you have the story up “Bus tour looking to spark energy changes in Washington” but there’s no place to post a comment. What’s that about? Sorry about the interruption. By all means users, continue yourselves. Your posts are interesting.
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      by Guest on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      Maybe they just got tired of all your drabble all over every story. Give it a rest.
  • by a freeman on Oct 26, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    I don’t put my name on any gun purchase, I always buy private, because the Eastern European countries that did have such a record of gun ownership, were easy victims when the Communist and Socialist took over their country. You also don’t need a permit to carry a gun Open non your hip, Concealed loaded in your car, or on your property in the State of Colorado. The greatest threat to a “tyrannical Progressive Government” is its own ignorance, to what the “free people” have to defend them selves and the strengths and conviction of the People to be free.
  • by Denis Location: GJ on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Great anecdote with attention to the details and memorable punch line. Could have ended with "Sorry Ma'am, I left my gun at home so your're on your own". Guns are nothing but a symbol of strength for those who's lacking it. Practical application is basically non-existent. For every confirmed story of proper use there are dozens of stories of normal people got killed when emotions take over.
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      by Dave on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to Denis
      So we see how you are unable to conduct your own research. FACT: Firearms sales are up, violent crime is down (FBI data), better yet; since the police owe no one individual protection (see the US Supreme Court) they will not prevent a crime, only investigate it. You would have everyone give up the right to self protection (as spelled out by "shall not infringe") the elderly, the disabled, they are not allowed protection according to your train of thought. Now do answer the question, if it were your family attacked would you attempt to protect them? Or is calling 911 the only option you'd take? Before you start spouting off more from the Brady Campaign (who count 25 year olds as children when determining how many children die by gunfire; all the while ignoring that many of those who do are the victims of criminal activity), please do address that question. I know how I would answer it. Oh, and PS. If I were to see you assaulted I would attempt to intercede.
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