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Governor signs landmark gun bills

Published: Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Colorado’s governor signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms, signaling a change for Democrats who have traditionally shied away from gun control in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.

The legislation thrust Colorado into the national spotlight as a potential test of how far the country might be willing to go with new gun restrictions after the mass killings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

The debate in the Democratic-controlled Legislature was intense, and Republicans warned that voters would make Democrats pay. The bills didn’t get a single Republican vote.

The bills’ approval came eight months after dozens of people were shot in Aurora, and a day after the executive director of the state Corrections Department, Tom Clements, was shot and killed at his home. Hickenlooper signed the legislation right after speaking with reporters about Clements’ slaying.

The bills, which take effect July 1, signal a historic change for Democrats.


1dmacker(544 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Colorado now has the strictest laws against guns and the weakest against child pornography.
Sounds like a great place to raise a family.

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2redeye1(5675 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I was looking forward to moving there in the near future, but not now. The company I was going to work with is moving to Texas.Texas is welcoming all gun manufactures with open arms and great deals just to move their companies there.. So I guess, Texas is where I'm going

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3lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I believe it will be a historic change for the Dems, they won't be re-elected.

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