Colorado bill would allow some felons the right to possess guns.
State Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, has introduced a bill which would allow some felons to once again possess a firearm, as long as their crimes were not violent felonies or other crimes such as burglary, arson or those involving the use of force.
"They will be allowed to have their constitutional right back," Buck said. "There is a big difference between an income-tax felon and a homicide felon."
Currently, the law prohibits felons from purchasing or possessing a gun or archery weaponry.
The impact of that law in unclear. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which conducts the criminal background checks necessary for gun purchases in the state, doesn't specifically track nonviolent felonies among its reported denials. In 2012, a total of 7,362 gun background checks were denied due to criminal records and mental illness adjudications, according to CBI data.