Colorado On Pace For Fewest Gun Sales In 5 Years

Colorado On Pace For Fewest Gun Sales In 5 Years

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Handguns for sale at Centennial Gun Club in Centennial, Colorado on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Colorado is on pace to have its lowest number of gun sales in five years. Gun sales have trended down since President Donald Trump took office — but the decline has accelerated. Gun sales haven’t gone up for 12 straight months. In April, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported more than 14,000 background check approvals for handgun or long gun sales. In the first four months of 2019, there have been more than 112,000 such background check approvals. For all of 2018, that number is more than 340,000. And, between 2017 and 2018, background check approvals were down more than 5 percent. CPR uses approved background checks from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as a proxy for sales. And CBI reports that background checks have fallen by 10 percent so far this year. That translates to 13,000 fewer guns sold. Gun stores say customers are still coming down from the gun buying binge of the Obama years and they don’t fear new gun control measures with Trump in office. *Sales figures are based on processed and approved Colorado Bureau of Investigation background checks. The Columbine High School shooting occured April 20, 1999 — before currently available data. Click-and-drag your cursor, or pinch on mobile, to zoom in on a narrower range; reset will appear in the upper right. Several high profile shootings in recent weeks — both in Colorado and elsewhere — have led […]

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