Colorado Gun Shows Background Checks, Initiative 22 (2000)

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The Colorado Gun Shows Background Checks Initiative, also known as Initiative 22, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required background checks for prospective firearms buyers at gun shows.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 22 (2000)
Approveda Yes 1,197,593 70.05%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning a requirement that background checks be conducted on prospective firearms transferees if any part of the transaction occurs at a gun show, and in connection therewith, directing that a gun show vendor require a background check on a prospective transferee and obtain approval of the transfer from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation; defining a "gun show vendor" as any person who exhibits, offers for sale, or transfers a firearm at a gun show; requiring gun show promoters to arrange for the services of federally licensed gun dealers to obtain background checks at gun shows; prohibiting the transfer of a firearm if a background check has not been obtained by a federally licensed gun dealer; requiring record keeping and retention by federally licensed gun dealers who obtain background checks; permitting federally licensed gun dealers to charge a fee of up to ten dollars for conducting each background check at gun shows; requiring gun show promoters to prominently post notice of the background check requirement; establishing criminal penalties for violations of these requirements; exempting transfers of certain antique firearms, relics, and curios from the background check requirement; and requiring the appropriation of funds necessary to implement the measure?[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 [ Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 24, 2014]
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.