Errors Reported in Colorado’s Gun-Permit Database

The computer database Colorado police use to keep track of concealed gun permits is full of errors and incomplete information, according to a recent article in The Denver Post. A state audit of the database concluded that its contents are so inaccurate that law enforcement officers should not rely on the database’s information.

The audit found several glaring errors and omissions. For instance, 16,000 permits do not appear in the database because the Colorado counties that issued them never reported the permits to the Colorado Crime Information Center.

Of the permits that are included in the database, 2,000 are duplicates, with one entry showing a valid permit and the other showing a revoked permit for the same gun owner. Dozens of records say a permit won’t expire for 40, 50, or even 100 years, even though Colorado gun permits are only good for five years.

Within the gun-permit database, each entry consists of several different computer “pages.” Many entries contain conflicting information, such as saying on the first page that a concealed-gun permit was issued, but saying on a later page the permit was denied. This conflicting information may mislead police, who may not click past the first screen, which may result in police acting on mistaken beliefs, such as arresting someone who has a valid concealed-gun permit, although the police believe the person does not have a permit.

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