Colorado gun buyback canceled as new law brings challenges

By: The Associated Press
July 24, 2013 Updated: July 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm
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BOULDER — Organizers have canceled a gun buyback at the request of the Boulder County sheriff, who said Colorado's new restrictions would cause too much trouble for people who want to follow the law.

Together Colorado, a group that bills itself as a nonpartisan multi-faith organization, had planned the event in an effort to reduce crime, The Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/l5c3mop ) reported Tuesday.

The strict law that went into effect July 1 requires buyers to go to a licensed firearms dealer and undergo a background check. As a result, organizers of the buyback would have had to find a dealer to hold the event and pay the person for each transaction.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said that would be expensive and difficult.

Another challenge involved the state's computer system for compliance, which is not portable and could not be used at the sheriff's compound, where the buyback was planned next month. Pelle said.

"The bottom line is what we anticipated doing would still be legal, but procedurally we can't follow through with it at this time," Pelle said.

The idea was to collect guns and immediately hand them over to the sheriff's office for destruction. Some pieces of the firearms would have been given to artist Jessica Adams to use for a sculpture about gun violence awareness.

Pelle said he understands organizers may be disappointed but noted a "larger good" was accomplished by the law's background check requirement.

Event organizers had planned to give gift cards or tickets to sporting events to people who turned in firearms. Students had raised nearly $8,000 to buy the tickets and gift cards.

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

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