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Columbine Classmate Speaks on Guns

January 27, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ The classmate who bought weapons for the Columbine High School gunmen said she wishes it had been harder to make the purchase.

``When I look back at it, I think I was kind of naive,″ Robyn Anderson said in testimony prepared for a state hearing. ``I wish a law requiring background checks had been in effect at the time.″

Ms. Anderson said she wouldn’t have bought the guns if she had been required to submit to a background check. Ms. Anderson, who was 18 at the time, went to a gun show and bought the two shotguns and a rifle used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during a shooting spree at Columbine.

``I don’t know if Eric and Dylan would have been able to get guns from another source, but I would not have helped them,″ she said.

Ms. Anderson was scheduled to appear Thursday before a state House committee that is considering legislation requiring background checks for anyone buying weapons at gun shows. Her prepared testimony was released by the sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Ken Gordon.

Current law requires background checks for purchases from federally licensed gun dealers, but not for purchases from private sellers. Ms. Anderson said Harris and Klebold, who were 17 at the time, specifically looked for a private seller when she bought the guns for them at a gun show in 1998.

``It was too easy,″ she said. ``I wish it had been more difficult.″

Ms. Anderson has not been charged with any crime for buying the guns for Klebold and Harris, who killed 13 and wounded 23 at Columbine before killing themselves. She has said she did not know that Harris and Klebold were planning the massacre.

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