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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Maintaining Records of Gun Sales in Colorado.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 11 May

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Retention of Sales and Background Check Records in Colorado

In Colorado, any person or entity engaged in the retail sale of firearms is required to record each handgun transfer, including the purchaser's or transferee's name, age, occupation and address; the make, caliber, finish, and serial number of the handgun; and the date and the name of the transferring employee. These records must be available for inspection by law enforcement "at all times." The time period for retention of these records is unspecified.

This requirement applies to all private transfers of firearms in addition to commercial sales. A copy of the records must be provided to both the private party making the firearm transfer and the party receiving the firearm.

An administrative regulation of the Colorado Bureau of Identification (CBI) provides that any information pertaining to an approved individual that is collected or created pursuant to a background check for a firearm transfer must be destroyed within 24 hours of the issuance of the approval. CBI must maintain the transaction number, the date and time of its issuance, and the firearms dealer to whom it was relayed…

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