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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