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Gun background checks still running high in Colorado

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 24 2012 05:25:51 PM CST
DENVER, Colo -

Colorado authorities say requests for background checks for firearm purchases are coming in at an unprecedented rate since the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
   
Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said Monday that the agency is getting about 3,000 requests a day. She called the figures "unprecedented." The state has received more than 8,800 background check requests in the last week and Colorado set a single-day record for checks with about 4,200 on the day after the Connecticut shooting.
   
The shooting has prompted calls for gun control, including legislation to ban assault weapons.
   
Medina says the increase in requests means background checks are taking up to 68 hours to process. It usually takes minutes.

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