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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CBI Gives Priority to Gun Checks

[Published Jan. 17, 2013, in the Denver Post and in four Jeffco weekly newspapers]

To be licensed as a real estate agent, mortgage broker, or many other professions, you have to pay for fingerprinting and then pay the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) $39 to do a background check using those fingerprints.

However, when you purchase a gun, you pay the CBI nothing for the background check and — here’s the kicker — the CBI gives you priority!

Right now there is a 3-4 month wait for new real estate licensees because of the volume of gun background checks at the CBI.  Is there a compelling public policy rationale for making people seeking employment wait behind those who want to purchase a gun?

Golden Real Estate has one such agent waiting for his CBI clearance so that the Division of Real Estate will issue his license to practice real estate.  In Colorado, it’s guns over bread and butter.

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