Earlier today, Senate Bill 86 passed in the Colorado Senate by an 18-17 vote. As previously reported, SB 86, introduced by state Senator Kent Lambert (R-9), would repeal the egregious legislation passed in 2013 that requires a background check for the private transfer of a firearm between law-abiding citizens.
“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce violent crime, and only affect law-abiding gun owners by imposing cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms. Researchers recently found that only four out of ten Americans support so-called “universal” background checks at gun shows after being informed that the vast majority of firearms sales at these shows are transacted by licensed retailers that already conduct such checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as required by federal law. SB 86 would repeal the 2013 legislation which criminalizes commonplace activities such as loaning a rifle to a friend on a hunting trip, allowing a friend to try out your firearm at a shooting range or selling your firearm to a friend or neighbor.
This is an important bill which aims to benefit law-abiding gun owners across the Centennial State. Please begin contacting your state Representative and politely urge him or her to SUPPORT Senate Bill 86.
Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill as it is assigned to committee.