Gun sales here in Colorado are totally through the roof. Normally it’s possible to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer by waiting only a few minutes for the background check — a computer search of records in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) database — to clear, then you pay your money and walk out with the purchase.
Not now, though. From the Denver Post;
The continued rush to purchase firearms in Colorado has overwhelmed the system businesses use to track background check wait times and left thousands of would-be gun buyers on wait-lists that are now many days long.
Just a few weeks ago, back around the middle of December, the waiting time for a background check result to come through was about 15 minutes. It’s now beyond 100 hours, and the CBI system has more or less crashed under a demand of more than 3000 applications per day, and as of November this year 279,149 (over 5% of Colorado’s entire population) firearms applications had been approved (and keep in mind that you can buy any number of guns with one application, and there’s no system for keeping track of that);
The uncharted territory in which the state’s gun sellers now find themselves stems from unprecedented interest in guns and CBI’s online wait-time clock, which tops out at 99 hours and 59 minutes.
Weeks ago, the background-check process took minutes to complete. Now, CBI’s processing time has moved beyond that 99-hour-and-59 minute threshold.
This is one of the bits in this ongoing story that caught my attention, from Huffpo;
“I should put Obama’s picture on the wall up there,” said an anonymous New Jersey gun salesman to CNBC. “I’d name him salesman of the month!”
But Obama may not be the only reason so many are now interested in packing heat. Analysts say a portion of the increase in sales is due to demographic shifts as well.
“The biggest new group of buyers now are senior citizens,” explained Larry Hyatt, the owner of a North Carolina gun shop, to CNBC’s Closing Bell. “Ten thousand baby boomers a day are turning 65. They can’t run, they can’t fight, they got to shoot.”
Man, and that’s the leading edge of the boomers, too. If it’s 10,000 a day now, what the hell will it be in five years? Is that how all this will come to a screeching halt? Hordes of geriatrics scared of their own shadows and packing serious heat?
Oh, and those Bushmasters and their clones, the AR15 things used in the recent shootings, the ones that will spray a shitload of bullets in a hurry? I called earlier to a couple of the big “sporting goods” stores around here, just to see. Sold out, and waiting lists bigger than the next shipments. And the ammo for them, the .223 cartridge, is pretty hard to find too.
This is just fucking nuts.