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Colorado Senate Committees Approve Seven Gun Control Measures

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on March 7, 2013

On Monday, the Democrat-controlled Senate committees reviewing seven gun control measures approved each one along a party-line vote of 3-2, despite the hundreds of gun-rights activists who showed up at the Capitol to voice their displeasure with the proposed changes to the state’s gun laws.

The consideration of these new gun laws comes in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, which together reignited the national debate over gun control.

Local Colorado news affiliate KUSA-TV broke down the seven proposals:

– BACKGROUND CHECKS: House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions. It passed a Senate committee in a 3-2 party-line vote. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.

– MAGAZINE LIMITS: House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The Democratic-sponsored bill has cleared the House, and passed Senate Judiciary on a 3-2 party line vote.

– FIREARM BAN FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS: Senate Bill 197 would expand a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line 3-2 vote Monday. One more committee vote awaits before the full Senate considers it.

– GUN LIABILITY: Senate Bill 196 adds legal liability for gun sellers and owners. The bill faced its first test Monday.

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