We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex will say anything to further their goal of eliminating firearms from private ownership. So making up attention-grabbing statistics (90% of Americans support enhanced background checks!) is just par for the agitprop propagating course. Still, it’s nice when the numbers they shout at the top of their lungs can be exposed as the fragrant cowpies they really are. Case in point: Colorado’s first month under their new all-gun-sales-require-a-background-check law. In the MAIG-fired run-up to the Centennial State’s vote and ultimate adoption of the new background check law, anti-gunners threw around the laughable stat that 40% of all gun sales happen between private individuals and, therefore, avoid NICS checks. The reality, however . . .
is slightly different.
In the first month of expanded background checks for gun purchases, 561 people who sold guns in private transactions complied with the new law. Ten denials were issued.
And although the numbers represent only the first month’s worth of data, the total figure of private checks is far below the percentage of sales that Democrats had claimed were going unchecked.
This from the Denver Post, one of the primary cheerleaders for Colorado’s gun sales and mag cap restrictions.
State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, said the law has not made anyone safer.
“It was already illegal to sell or transfer a gun to someone you knew couldn’t legally have one,” he said.
In addition, Brophy said, during the legislative debates for the bill, Democrats claimed nearly 40 percent of gun sales were done privately, a figure far below what the CBI data show. The 561 private checks processed in July represent 2.9 percent of the total number of background checks for gun sales that month.
“So, either the Democrats were wrong in that statement or a tremendous amount of people are not following the law,” Brophy said. “I think it’s the latter.”
It seems a safe bet that a significant number of sales did bypass the new law. But over 7,000?
Does this mean Colorado’s ruling class will throw its collective hands in the air, shout mea culpa and repeal the new law as the expensive, unnecessary (and unconstitutional) waste of time it is? If you think so, I have a Boulder-based polymer magazine and rifle accessory manufacturer I’d like to sell you.