Boulder County district attorney vows to crack down on gun laws

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The Boulder County district attorney has a plan to cut down on gun violence with an aim to keep firearms out of the hands of people who legally should not be allowed to carry them.

State lawmakers passed a series of gun laws in 2013, including one that requires universal background checks for gun buyers. Part of that law makes it a crime to even apply for a background check if a person knows they don't qualify to own a gun.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said the checks are not being enforced as carefully as they should be in Boulder County and he wants to prosecute those cases.

Garnett believes people who repeatedly apply for a gun permit and know they shouldn't be allowed to have a firearm are dangerous and are the kind of people should not have access to them.

Garnett wants to step up enforcement of a law that requires anyone with a domestic violence conviction to give up their gun.

Violating the background check law can land someone in jail for up to 18 months and a $5,000 fine.

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