Colorado lawmakers pass another new gun law -- requiring domestic violence suspects to give up guns
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DENVER - One gun control bill was sent to the governor but another requires another vote from the Senate, meaning the issue has been stretched out again.
In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun control measures into law -- restricting the size of gun magazines, expanding background checks for firearms buyers and adding a fee for background checks for gun transfers.
However, two bills have been bouncing back and forth between the state House and state Senate because of changes in the language.
Senate Bill 195 would require qualified applicants for concealed carry permits to complete a handgun training class in person at the physical location where the course is being offered.
Senate Bill 197 would prevent people who have been convicted of domestic violence from owning or carrying firearms.
On Monday, the House gave one last approval to SB 195. It now goes to the Governor.
However, SB 197 was amended again, so it must be sent back to the Senate once again for concurrence.
"We have made great progress this session on measures to reduce the gun violence that is ravaging our neighborhoods," said Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, who is a prime sponsor of three of the five bills. "And we’ve done it while remaining respectful to the Second Amendment."
"They went too far and now, you know, nobody trusts them anymore," said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray. "It's a matter of trust. You have to earn and keep trust is a state like Colorado. And that's what the people deserve. And I think Governor Hickenlooper and the Democrats have lost that."
Read Senate Bill 195: http://ch7ne.ws/17QFWE0
Read Senate Bill 197: http://ch7ne.ws/11B97om
Two parts of the Democrats gun package was pulled earlier in the session because of lack of support. 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 were effectively defeated.
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