Appeals Information

The Appeals Section works with individuals who are denied the ability to purchase a firearm and appeal to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for reconsideration. Upon receiving the person's intention to appeal within 30 days of being denied, will review the denial, conduct any necessary research and return a final determination. In many cases, the Appeals section is able to overturn a denial based on additional information provided by the appellant or obtained by the CBI as a result of the appeals process.

On many occasions, the Appeals section has been able to work with the appellant to correct or update erroneous or missing information from the record. This may not only result in an overturned denial, but also assist in the correction of erroneous information which could otherwise have a negative impact on things such as professional licensing, housing, and employment.

If you have been denied by the CBI for the purchase of a firearm, you have the right to appeal the decision. In accordance with both state and federal privacy laws, we are unable to disclose the reason(s) for your denial over the telephone, nor do we handle appeals in person. In order to appeal, you MUST submit your intent to appeal in writing within 30 days of your denial. If not provided by the FFL at the time of denied firearm purchase, please use the form below.

Contacting the Appeals Section

Overturned denial notifications sent to Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) by the InstaCheck Appeals section will only be delivered through the mail or if requested, by email at:


Please ensure that the request includes:

  • The full FFL number
  • Store name
  • Statement asking to have the reversal notifications sent via e-mail.

FFLs that do not provide the requested information, will receive ​hard copy notifications through the mail only.


Call the Appeals Section at 303-813-5700, option 3.