- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - While President Barack Obama is promising to bring more teeth to gun laws in the United States, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett is putting more emphasis on enforcing gun laws in Colorado.

Garnett said background checks are not thorough enough and new laws in Colorado make it even tougher for people to buy a gun, including one that makes it a crime to even apply for a background check if you know you aren’t qualified to own a gun. Another law requires that people with a domestic violence conviction give up their guns or face charges.

Obama has scheduled a meeting Monday with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss what steps he could take to help reduce gun violence nationwide, including executive action to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases.

Garnett said Colorado’s Legislature passed a series of tough gun laws in 2013, including one that requires universal backgound checks for potential gun buyers, and now it is time to enforce them.

“Background checks are not being enforced as carefully in Boulder County as it should be,” Garnett said. “If somebody knowingly applies for a gun but knows they don’t qualify, that’s a misdemeanor, and I want to make sure we prosecute those cases. People who repeatedly apply for guns even though they aren’t qualified may be particularly dangerous people and just the kind of people we don’t want to get access to firearms.”

Violating that statute is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/hgekofr ).

Garnett said he will need cooperation from gun store owners to enforce the laws.

Rod Brandenburg, the owner of Grandpa’s Pawn & Gun in Longmont, said laws surrounding background checks are not being very well enforced in the state.

“Our own government is very, very lax on enforcing that,” Brandenburg said. “They’re not enforcing the laws that are on the books.”

Brandenburg said he does not think it is a common occurrence that people try to buy guns when they know they can’t have them.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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