Wait time for Colorado gun background check falls

Applications soared after Newtown shooting

DENVER - The wait for Colorado gun buyers to get a required background check has fallen to less than three days.

The Denver Post reports the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's InstaCheck staff said that the backlog of checks waiting to be done has fallen from 10,000 applications in the queue to about 2,600.

Applications soared after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. At one point, the wait was more than nine days.

The InstaCheck program normally has a staff of 21 people, according to Deputy Director Karl Wilmes.

CBI added 16 employees from other work groups to help deal with the backlog.