State Senate gives initial OK to 5 of 7 gun control bills, 2 others effectively defeated

DENVER - The Colorado Senate has given initial approval to five of seven gun control bills up for a second vote on Friday. Two other bills were effectively withdrawn.

The vote just after 10 p.m. moved forward a proposal that makes it a crime to have magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Two Democrats joined Republicans in voting no on House Bill 1224 amid concerns that the bill would not reduce violence and hurt a Colorado manufacturer of magazines.

Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper has indicated support for the bill, but it requires one final vote in the Senate before being sent to his desk.

House Bill 1226, which would end Colorado's unusual law barring public college campuses from banning concealed weapons, and Senate Bill 196, which would add legal liability for sellers and owners of assault weapons, were laid over until after the session ends. Therefore, the proposals are effectively defeated.

 

-- Earlier votes --

 

Just after 4:30 p.m., senators gave initial approval to House Bill 1228, which would revive fee payments for gun purchasers who need background checks. The bill faces a final Senate vote next week. It's already won House approval.

At about 3:38 p.m, the senate gave initial approval to Democratic-sponsored House Bill 1229, which would add background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions. Republicans opposed the bill. The bill faces a final Senate vote next week. It's also already won House approval.

Just after noon, the Senate tentatively approved Senate Bill 195. It would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. People can currently take online courses. The bill faces a final Senate vote next week before heading to the House.

Just before noon, senators gave initial approval to Senate Bill 197, which would require courts to order anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order or convicted of domestic violence to relinquish their guns within 24 hours. A judge could extend that to 72 hours. The bill will also go to the House if given approval in one additional Senate vote.

 

--Background --

 

The seven Democrat-sponsored bills were advanced by Senate committees on Monday with party-line votes. Gun rights advocates strongly oppose the measures.

Democrats hold an advantage in the chamber, but only three Democratic "no" votes are required to defeat a bill.

The most controversial measures include an end to the practice of allowing concealed weapons on public college campuses, as well as liability standards for sellers and owners of assault weapons that used to commit crimes.

Four of the measures 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.

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