State Senate OKs 5 of 7 gun control bills
The Colorado Senate has given initial approval to five of seven gun control bills up for a second vote on Friday night. Two other bills were effectively withdrawn.
Senate President John Morse, a Colorado Springs Democrat, withdrew a bill he sponsored that called for makers and sellers of certain guns to be held liable for violent acts committed with those weapons. Republicans celebrated, saying Democrats lacked strong support for the bill.
"Lots of pressure, lots of bullying, lots of nastiness all the way through the process," Morse told KRDO NewsChannel 13. "So there are times where you just have to figure out how much can we get done? And where do we draw the lines of what we can't get done?"
The other bill that was withdrawn was House Bill 1226, a bill that would ban concealed weapons on college campuses.
The vote moved forward a controversial proposal that makes it a crime to have magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
Also passing on Friday were bills requiring background checks for most gun purchases; banning guns for people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes; mandating in-person training courses for people seeking conceal and carry permits and reinstating fees for gun buyers who need background checks.
Morse said that he was proud of what the Senate accomplished.
"We have passed a package that's going to make a huge difference in Colorado," he said. "We passed one of the most comprehensive gun packages in the entire country."
Three of the measures given initial approval are House bills, meaning that if they pass the Senate, they will head to the governor’s desk. Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he will sign any gun control bill that passes out of the Legislature.
--- Bills moving forward ---
- BACKGROUND CHECKS: House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions.
- MAGAZINE LIMITS: House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.
- FIREARM BAN FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS: Senate Bill 197 would expand a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses.
- ONLINE GUN TRAINING: Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person.
- BACKGROUND CHECK FEES: House Bill 1228 would revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks.
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