Gun legislation in limbo nationally and in Colorado

Lots of discussion, but little action on gun laws

DENVER —The gun debate is making its way into the halls of government as lawmakers across the country introduce legislation in the wake of the Florida shooting. But all that talk has amounted to very little action.

Here in Colorado, bills to ease restrictions on concealed-carry and gun-control laws are being discussed. One of those bills, HS-1037, has died. It would have allowed teachers to carry a concealed weapon.

Legislation lifting Colorado’s 15 round capacity on gun magazine also failed to make it out of a House committee.

A Senate committee is also considering a bill allowing you to carry a concealed weapon without a permit or training will likely pass the Republican-lead Senate.  However, it will likely die in the state House.

Nationally:

  • Restrictions on assault weapons such as the AR-15 have been discussed, yet last week many retailers agreed voluntarily to stop such sales.
  • While a universal background check system is unlikely, the White House has expressed it is open to some enhancements.

"I can't believe Congress is, Congress gotta to do something on guns and you know what? I think the president will sign something. If he doesn't, send it to him anyway. I mean the deal isn't you have, don't ask permission. You legislate, you get it to the president, you see what he does. I believe he'll sign some really good, strong, common sense gun legislation,"  said Governor John Kasich, (R) Ohio.

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