All 4 Gun-Control Measures Pass Colorado House
They address high-capacity magazines, background checks, concealed weapons
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2013 10:45 AM CST
John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply shows off an AR-15 for sale Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at his business in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – Colorado has taken the first step toward serious gun-control reform, with a package of four bills passing the state House yesterday, the Denver Post reports. The bills:

  • Ban gun magazines with more than 15 rounds.
  • Require all gun transactions to include a background check.
  • Make gun buyers pay a fee to cover those background checks.
  • Prohibit concealed weapons on college campuses.

The state Senate is the next stop, but though it's controlled by Democrats, the votes may be close: Eighteen votes are needed for passage; the Democrats' majority is 20-15, and at least two Democrats are wavering. If they pass and are sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper, he has said he backs three of the four and is still reviewing the concealed-carry bill.

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Feb 20, 2013 9:03 PM CST
Over 30,000 accidental deaths w/ drugs every year! People, PLEASE quit commiting suicide w/ guns! Your jacking up the wrong statistic! USE DRUGS & jack up drug related death statistics so the gub will ban big pharma! Yeah right, like the gub is going to bite the hand that bribes it!
Feb 20, 2013 3:40 PM CST
Let us all pay attention. Now we have a test subject.
Feb 20, 2013 10:43 AM CST
The definition of insanity is making the same mistake over and over and expect different results. All these psychos are seeking "gun-free zones" (as the orange-haired cowardly trash did, passing up several other theaters to find defenseless victims at his chosen spot) yet the legislature decides to "defend" campuses in similar fashion-no concealed weapons. Gun control has also worked well in Chicago, hasn't it? Isn't it ironic that these shootings keep taking place where nobody is "allowed" to have a gun? It's like the Kellogg-Briand Pact that outlawed war, right before WWII. That worked real good, too (not.) Those who don't understand history are destined to repeat it. Isn't our public fool system teaching our kids anything about their own country and the value of liberty?