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Colorado gun debate limps on, through unrelenting stalemate

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Posted at 7:29 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 21:29:41-05

DENVER (AP) — Colorado senators arranged themselves in familiar partisan lines Monday as they limped through another gun debate that seems destined for a stalemate.

The Republican Senate advanced two bills favored by gun-rights activists.

One would enhance handgun-training requirements for guards at public schools, a bill that would also open the door to armed teachers in certain districts. The measure passed on a party-line vote Monday, though it faces certain doom in the House, which is controlled by Democrats who oppose the idea.

Another bill revived a long debate over ammunition magazines.

Lawmakers limited ammunition magazines to 15 rounds after the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting; Republicans call the limit useless and have voted every year since to repeal it. The bill approved Monday elicited little debate compared to previous attempts.

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