Gun back­ground checks set record

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

Colorado set a record for the num­ber of firearm sales back­ground checks in one day on Fri­day thanks to hol­i­day shop­pers who led to 4,329 pro­cessed checks.

The Colorado Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion says the Black Fri­day tally was hun­dreds more than the pre­vi­ous five years. The num­ber of gun sales back­ground checks eclipsed 2015 by 207, the CBI said.

CBI says its back­ground check team, In­staCheck, con­fig­ured staffing to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency on Black Fri­day and also ex­panded its op­er­a­tional hours from mid­night to 9 p.m.

The In­staCheck Unit tra­di­tion­ally op­er­ates from 9 a.m. un­til 9 p.m., 363 days per year, CBI says. It closes on Thanks­giv­ing and Christmas Day.

CBI says In­staCheck mem­bers an­a­lyze eight dif­fer­ent data­bases as part of the back­ground check process for firearms trans­fers to en­sure an in­di­vid­ual can legally pos­sess a firearm.

The statewide force de­clined to spec­u­late on why Fri­day was a record-set­ter.

Through the end of Oc­to­ber, CBI pro­cessed 306,664 gun sales back­ground checks so far this year.

Last year, the agency pro­cessed a to­tal of 350,553 such checks.

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