The number of applications for concealed gun permits increased by close to 90 percent in the months after Colorado enacted new restrictions on gun ownership, the Denver Post reports. Spikes in gun sales typically occur in the aftermath of mass shootings or legislative efforts to enact new gun regulations.
“From January to June, 31,518 background checks were processed for concealed-carry permits by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to bureau data. For the same period last year, there were only 16,886 processed.” The government processed more background checks “in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2011”:
Colorado enacted new gun measures in the aftermath of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, mandating universal background checks for gun sales, imposing a 15-round limit on firearm magazines, and banning online-only concealed-carry certification training.
A group of 55 sheriffs, firearm dealers and other opponents are challenging the laws in court, but recently reached a compromise clarifying provisions that limit ammunition magazines. Democrats in the state are also facing recall elections over their support for the new restrictions.