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Gun Show FAQ

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Colorado law (12-26.1-101) requires that "before a gun show vendor transfers or attempts to transfer a firearm at a gun show, he or she shall: a) require that a background check, in accordance with 24-33.5-424, CRS, be conducted on the prospective transferee; and b) obtain approval of a transfer from the CBI after a background check has been requested by a licensed gun dealer, in accordance with 24-33.5-424, CRS." Colorado law requires compliance with federal law, which requires that all firearm transfers from an FFL are subject to the same laws and rules as any transfer occurring in the FFL's place of business.

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Although Colorado law does not require it, the FBI and BATF attorneys agree that federal law requires it.

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This is a situation that is occasionally encountered by FFL's in consignment situations. Attorneys for the BATF have recommended that you treat this situation as you would with a consignment.

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No. However, the CBI does plan to intermittently spot check for compliance to state law.

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Your local police or sheriff's office can run checks to determine if a particular firearm is listed as "stolen".

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FFL's are required to obtain identifying information on both the firearm and the party to whom it is transferred. The local authorities will conduct the necessary follow-up, in the event the firearm in question is later determined to have been stolen.

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The law does not state which party is responsible for payment, so this will have to be agreed upon between the buyer and the owner of the firearm. We recommend that if you are going to collect a fee, you should do so prior to calling the CBI. If this is your policy, you should clarify that the fee is not refundable in the event of a denial.