Colorado releases data on background checks for private gun sales; slight drop since new law

DENVER - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has released new data that show little change in the number of background checks for private firearm transactions before and after a law expanding the checks took effect July 1.

The data released late Friday show that in the six months after the new law passed in response to mass shootings, there were 3,838 background checks on private sales that didn't take place at gun shows.

However, the data show that during the same six-month period in 2012 -- before the new law -- there were 3,854 checks labeled as non-gun-show private transactions.

It's unknown whether total gun sales went up or down during the time encompassed by the data, so the numbers fail to paint a conclusive picture of the new law's effect.

CBI released the data in response to a public records request.

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