Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

DENVER - A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected effect was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question how Legislative analysts could have come up with such an inaccurate projection for the cost of the law.

Republicans, meanwhile, have seized on the flawed estimate to resume criticism over a measure that helped lead to the ouster of three Democrats in the state Senate last year.

Still, supporters stand by the law as part of a package of gun restrictions meant to improve safety after devastating mass shootings.
 

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