Gun buyback at Boulder County sheriff's compound canceled over new Colorado gun laws

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Organizers have delayed a gun buyback at the request of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who says Colorado's new gun laws would make it nearly impossible to comply.

Together Colorado, a community organizing group, planned to host the gun buyback event on August 4. They wanted to accept guns from anyone, no question asked.

In exchange, Together Colorado planned to give the former gun owners $100 gift cards.

Pelle says a strict law that went into effect July 1 requires buyers, in this case the organization, to go to a licensed firearms dealer and undergo a background check. The computer systems are not portable and could not be used at the sheriff's compound where the buyback was planned next month.

Sheila Dierks, with Together Colorado, says the event is being delayed, not cancelled.

"What we've really done is postponed, we've got to be able to make it possible for families, for individuals to get rid of guns and this is a way to do it," she said.

Dierks said the sheriff "went all out" to try to find a way to facilitate the event, before deciding it had to be put off.

"What we're going to need to do is work with the legislator to continue to work to building gun legislation which not only protects everyone, but makes it possible for people to get rid of guns they don't want," Dierks said.