Gun-Defense Strategies -- From bulletproof backpacks to assault-rifle ban proposal by Colo. lawmaker

Rep. Ed Perlmutter to introduce bill

DENVER - A Salt Lake City company is selling "ballistic backpacks" that it claims can protect children during a school shooting.

The so-called bulletproof backpacks -- designs range from pink princesses to blue comic book Avengers -- range from $150 to $300. 

Ever since the Connecticut school shooting, company officials say sales have soared.

"The concept came up as things happened at schools; children need protection as well," said Rich Brand, chief operating officer for Amendment II. The Utah firm also sells a $499 "Centurion tactical vest for children."

As parents buy protection for their children, gun-buyer background check requests are still booming in Colorado. 

Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina say the agency is getting thousands of requests for background checks and concealed weapons permits. Extra staff and extended hours will soon be implemented, said Medina.

Meanwhile, Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter says he will introduce legislation to ban assault weapons next year. His announcement comes as President Barack Obama launched a task force to come up with solutions to gun violence.

"But the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said Wednesday. "The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean that we can't steadily reduce the violence, and prevent the very worst violence."

On Friday, the National Rifle Association is expected to make its first public statements since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults last week.

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