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Colorado House passes gun-control measures



Published: Mon, February 18, 2013 @ 8:15 p.m.

DENVER (AP) — Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House today, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.

The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close.

The proposed ammunition restrictions limit magazines to 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Three Democrats joined all Republicans voting no on the bill, but the proposal passed 34-31.

"Enough is enough. I'm sick and tired of bloodshed," said Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, a sponsor of the bill and representative of the district where the shootings at an Aurora theater happened last summer. Fields' son was also fatally shot in 2005.

Republicans argued that the proposals restrict Second Amendment rights and won't prevent mass shootings like the ones in Aurora and a Connecticut elementary school.


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1redeye1(4563 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If these laws are enacted . Just watch how many gun manufacturing companies move out of Colorado. With them they will take a few thousand jobs and a hell of lot of tax money with them. They have threaten to move and I for one hope they do. Texas said they would welcome them with open arms.

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2HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Realistically the only thing that will STOP mass shootings is a magic wand that causes all firearms to disappear.

Since that won't happen, what's left are our best attempts to control mass shootings.

For a mass shootings to occur, there has to be three elements: crowds, firearms and gunmen. Just like the fire triangle, when you remove one element the fire dies out.

Probably can't eliminate crowds, that leaves two. You probably can't eliminate the other two, all you can do is try to manage, control and contain.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Colorado !!!!!! Maybe there hope for some right thinking yet.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Right to bare arms? Does it really mean right to bare EVERY arm(weapon) that can possibly be mad?Do we really need military tanks in our garage to protect ourselves?

A felon moves in next door to you, do you still want to protect his right to bare arms? Oh thats right we already infringed on his 2nd Amendment rights.

Good for Co. We need to start somewhere. I mean after all, you can legally smoke marijuana for recreational use there. I doubt guns and marijuana mix very well. But I bet some pro 2nd Amendment folks do not want to stop someone from smoking pot and carry their guns around.We certainly do not want to infringe on pot smokers 2nd Amendment right, now do we?

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