Colorado House approves ammunition limits, universal background checks and fees, college campus ban

State Senate still needs to consider all 4 bills

DENVER - Democrats have pushed four of their gun control measures through a final vote in the House and on to the State Senate.

The day began with the Democratic-led House voting to ban large-capacity magazines, placing a limit of 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Lawmakers also passed a requirement for background checks on firearm sales between private parties.

Later in the afternoon, the House passed a bill to require gun buyers to pay for their own background checks and another to eliminate the concealed carry of weapons on college campuses.

The proposals are responses to recent mass shootings, including the movie theater shooting in Aurora and an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

"As a resident of the State of Colorado, I am very proud of our Democratic leaders who have fought for the four bills that will make Colorado a safer place to live, work and raise a family," said Jane Dougherty, a Littleton resident whose sister was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. "Colorado can now call itself a leader in the prevention of gun violence. The final passage of these bills will honor my sister, Mary Sherlach, and all the victims of gun violence.”

Republicans oppose the measures, saying they restrict Second Amendment rights and won't prevent mass shootings.

Two Republican members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents are expected to ask their colleagues to support the right to carry concealed guns on the school's campuses.

The Daily Camera reports Jim Geddes of Sedalia and Sue Sharkey of Windsor are proposing a resolution saying "gun-free zones" leave law-abiding citizens vulnerable to harm.

The board is expected to vote on the measure in Colorado Springs on Wednesday or Thursday.

Democrats hold a 37-28 majority in the House. Democrats also hold the majority in the Senate, which still needs to consider the proposals.

The debate on the measures has attracted attention from the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden called four Democrats Friday during a day long debate on the measures. Two freshmen legislators in moderate districts were among those he called.

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