2013 Firearm Legislation

Here are links to two technical guidance documents on the interpretation and application of firearms legislation during the 2013 legislative session.


Technical Guidance on the Interpretation and Application of House Bill 13-1224 Large Capacity Magazine Ban


Additional Technical Guidance on the Interpretation and Application of House Bill 13-1224 Large Capacity Magazine Ban

Colorado House Bill 13-1228 requires that a fee be collected for a firearm background check prior to a firearm transfer by a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). This law went into effect on March 20, 2013.  Based on the estimated expenses and projected volume of firearm background checks, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) initially set the fee at $10.00 per firearm background check request, but later reduced it to $6.00, effective March 1, 2016, in an effort to comply with the excess reserve statute.

This fee is reviewed by the CBI to determine if any adjustments are necessary. Considerations for adjusting the fee may include the projected number of firearm background check requests, changes in staffing levels to meet expected demand, and/or IT system enhancements that are needed in the operation of the InstaCheck Unit.  We recognize that frequent adjustments to this fee present challenges for your business so, we're committed to keeping the fee as low and affordable as possible.   Although adjustments are inevitable, we are actively exploring ways to try to limit future fluctuations and provide you with a more consistent and predictable rate.

Upon examining the expenses, the CBI has determined a re-calibration of the fee is necessary to maintain current service levels to InstaCheck customers.  Therefore, beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. (MST), the CBI will increase the fee for a firearm background check from $6.00 to $15.00 (USD).  Any firearm background check processed prior to this date will be assessed the $6.00 fee, including the January 1, 2018 through January 31, 2018 transactions listed on the invoices to be mailed the beginning of February 2018.

The fee increase pertains only to CBI firearm background checks, and not the fee a licensed gun dealer may charge to facilitate private firearms transfers pursuant to Colorado House Bill 13-1229. The law states that an FFL can charge up to a maximum of $10.00 to conduct this type of transaction to defray costs.

If you have questions regarding your InstaCheck account, please contact Billing at 303-813-5700, option 6.  The InstaCheck Billing section is available Monday-Friday9:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. (MST), excluding state holidays.  For all other InstaCheck-related questions, please contact an InstaCheck supervisor at 303-813-5700, option 5.  InstaCheck’s hours of operation are Sunday-Saturday9:00 A.M. through 9:00 P.M. (MST).

PDF – HB13-1228

PDF – HB13-1229