- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DENVER (AP) - In a story Feb. 3 about a bill to repeal an expansion of Colorado gun background checks, The Associated Press reported erroneously a statement by National Rifle Association lobbyist Daniel Carey. He said the background check law has shown no evidence it has curbed violent crime, not that it has shown evidence of curbing violent crime.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Bill to repeal new Colo. background checks fails

Democrats reject GOP attempt to repeal new Colorado gun background checks

By IVAN MORENO

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Democrats rejected an attempt Monday to repeal new background checks for private and online firearm sales in Colorado, arguing the law adopted last year in the wake of mass shootings is preventing criminals from buying guns.

Republicans proposing the repeal say they’re not convinced the new requirements are improving public safety, and that the expanded background checks are infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

Senate Democrats defeated the repeal bill Monday on a 3-2 party-line committee vote after dozens testified for and against the proposal in the Capitol’s largest hearing room, which was packed with a couple of hundred people.

But the crowd didn’t equal the size or the intensity of last year when gun rights supporters drove their honking cars around the Capitol in protest as lawmakers discussed a package of gun-control bills spearheaded by Democrats.

National Rifle Association lobbyist Daniel Carey called last year’s law “unnecessary and unconstitutional.” He argued the new law has not shown evidence that it has curbed violent crime.

“Really, it only unnecessarily burdens law-abiding citizens,” he said.

Democrats and supporters of the expanded background checks spent much of their time citing figures from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which found that 104 people with criminal records tried to buy guns but failed background checks during private transactions since the new requirements took effect July 1.

Among the crimes that resulted in denials were one homicide, six restraining orders and 16 assaults.

In all, 6,076 background checks have been conducted for private and online sales. That’s a small percentage of the overall number of checks for the year, which stands at 389,604.

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