No More Big Ammunition Magazines for Colorado
Hickenlooper says he'll sign bill, which state Senate, House passed
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, newly-assembled 30-round capacity ammunition magazines for high-velocity rifles are stacked awaiting packaging, inside the Magpul Industries plant, in Erie, Colo.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – A bill limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds has cleared Colorado's legislature, meaning all it needs to become law is Gov. John Hickenlooper's signature—which he has said he'll provide. The bill passed the state Senate on Monday and state House yesterday, 34-30; three Democrats joined the state's Republicans in voting against it. "I'm just numb at this moment, to see a bill I've worked hard to pass now enter its final stage on the way to becoming law," says its sponsor, adding, "These magazines should be used in our theaters of war, not our movie theaters."

The bill faced tough opposition from Republicans yesterday. "It does zero to enhance public safety," said the House minority leader. "We're saying Coloradans can't own these magazines, but they can still be manufactured here? We can sell these magazines to other states, but hold on, when it comes to owning one the answer is no. It's hypocritical. " The bill requires manufacturers to date its magazines; residents who already have such magazines will be allowed to keep them, but not transfer or sell them, the Denver Post notes.

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Mar 14, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
Virginia Tech 2007: Seung-Hui Cho used 19 magazines with capacities of 10 and 15 for his glock 19 and Walther P22 handguns. He used 17 of the magazines and fired approximately 170 rounds Killing 32 and injuring 17 before killing himself. Although the Virginia Tech massacre was and remains the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, it resulted in relatively few calls for new gun control, possibly because so-called "assault weapons" were not used. A magazines capacity is incidental to the amount of death and injury an unopposed murder can cause in a "gun-free zone."
Mar 14, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
This idiotic ammunition legislation will be revisited in the not too distant future but next time they will propose that 3 round magazines be the new law. INCREMENTALISM
Mar 14, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
The Republican Party is still the the party of death & suffering. The gun manufacturers are promoting death threats towards politicians & civilians who want background checks. How ironic, gun manufacturers and the pro-life movement have something common. They threaten those who stand against them.