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Committee likely to shoot down extra money for gun checks

Ryan Parker/The Denver Post

It doesn't look good for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and its request for additional state funds to combat the slam of firearms background checks.

CBI missed a window of opportunity to immediately secure its request for $500,000 to deal with the flood of checks pouring in at about 1,800 per day — well beyond the rate of checks that the bureau is able to process.

Had the bureau made its request for more money earlier in December, once it realized the crush of applications couldn't be met, the state legislature's Joint Budget Committee could have voted on the request quickly. By waiting, the bureau now finds itself facing a weeks-long wait for the committee to act as the legislative session starts today.

And even if the supplemental request had been presented to the budget committee, the committee's members said they were reluctant to approve the request.

Read more at DenverPost.com.

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