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Colorado House Passes New Gun Control Laws

Gun Control Bills Colorado

The Colorado House of Representatives passed new strict gun control measures in the form of four bills. They were passed in the state hit by two of the most notorious mass shootings in US history.

The bills were approved by a recorded vote over a third reading on Monday, according to Dean Toda, a spokesman for the House Democrats.

Toda added that no Republican supported the bills. Reuters reports that Representative Rhonda Fields spoke to the House about the need for gun control.

Fields lost a son to gun violence. Her district also includes Aurora, where a gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 more last July. She stated:

“We can no longer walk around in our society with these blinders on as if nothing is happening.”

KDVR notes that one bill will ban high-capacity magazines of at least 15 rounds. Also included are universal background checks. House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) praised the bills, saying:

“This is common-sense legislation that will take guns out of the hands of felons and will increase public safety.”

House Republican leader Mark Waller was very critical of the bills during debate last week. He called them a “knee-jerk” reaction to the massacres in Connecticut and Aurora.

Along with the Aurora theater shooting last July, Colorado also saw the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton in 1999. Two students killed a teacher and 12 fellow students before they committed suicide.

Since the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings the gun debate has raged across the United States with several states considering new gun control bills. Similar bills are also in the works in the US House and Senate. Republicans have largely opposed new gun control legislation, while Democrats have generally supported it.

Do you think we should pass laws like the gun control legislation in Colorado, which requires universal background checks and limits high-capacity magazines?

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25 Responses to “Colorado House Passes New Gun Control Laws”

  1. Anonymous

    Texas WILL succeed, so don't push us. You'll pry my empty guns from my cold dead hands.

  2. Larry Lindsey Phd

    I have had it! I refuse to live in a state that punishes me for crimes that someone else commits. Colorado can kiss my ass goodbye…along with both our businesses, all our money, our community involvement, our charitable contributions, and our tax dollars…we're moving to Texas where they still uphold the Constitution and where citizens still have their Second Amendment Rights. Colorado used to be a great state, but it has become overrun with liberals, indigents and illegals and it is totally screwed up. The unconstitutional bills they passed today will do absolutely nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals…they know this, but it was never about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, but out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. There will either be an outright revolt from gun owners, or a mass exodus. Personally, I don't think Colorado is worth the effort any more. I will never do business with anyone in Colorado again. You deserve what you get, Colorado, and you best not come knocking on my door to try to take my guns or magazines from me.

  3. Stan L. VanderWerf

    Maybe we should also ban cars in Colorado because drunks kill people with them. And of course, the lesson is…it's not the car, it's the drunk. Same logic, it's not the gun, it's the shooter. I simply don't understand why this is not obvious to liberals and democrats. To Mr. Lindsey below, don't give up on Colorado. There are large sections of Colorado that think our legislators in Denver have completely lost their minds. And I understand every single Republican there has voted against these gun restriction laws. The real shame is that the true solutions will be lost over a fight on gun control. Things like mental health, permitting guns in all locations (so a citizen can stop a shooter), more gun safety training, and voluntary programs to keep guns locked up at home when not in use. I for one, will NEVER let the state take my constitutional rights from me.

  4. Walter F. Vosburgh

    Actually, call me BEFORE the shooting starts, to give me time to get there. My only guess is WHERE the revolution will start … not when.

  5. Patrick M Hayes

    The intention behined his statement was clear and that is the most important part of what he is saying . Dont try and devalue him by correcting his spelling .

  6. Patrick M Hayes

    I would have to say CALI-RADO is here! I know many people who are fed up with this state and are seriously thinking of moving after living here many years. The denver Metro area controls the whole state , you have little or no representation, get ready for HickyBloopers pres run!

  7. Madeleine Jacobs

    William, ,it can be argued that he meant Texas will suceed at avoiding gun control measures and keeping their guns.

  8. Jerry Hesselink

    Would be obvious that we need to find ways to come together. We could look at what the New Gun Control Laws say and participate in changes rather than to be a divider that helps create a lack of direction that is un-helpful toward some/any solutions. Maybe a shooter with a lower capacity gun to select would kill or harm fewer before another citizen would stop him? Apply this question to the shooter in Newtown, CT and then see how it may have been changed.

  9. J W Rittenhouse II

    Place a gun on the dashboard of your car. Sit in the back seat and lock the doors. When either the car or the gun kill or injure anybody or anything you may unlock the car, get out of the back seat and get a life. When will we stop blaming inanimate objects for human failings?

    Does it occur to anyone that the people who want to blame inanimate objects are the same people who have weakened the laws extant. People commit crimes. Strong families deter crime.

    Here's a sample of sanity in the words of a fourteen year old non gun owner: http://cowboybyte.com/18063/14-year-old-girl-speaks-on-2nd-amendment-rights-in-nh-congress/.

  10. J W Rittenhouse II

    Place a gun on the dashboard of your car. Sit in the back seat and lock the doors. When either the car or the gun kill or injure anybody or anything you may unlock the car, get out of the back seat and get a life. When will we stop blaming inanimate objects for human failings?
    Does it occur to anyone that the people who want to blame inanimate objects are the same people who have weakened the laws extant. People commit crimes. Strong families deter crime.
    Here are some rather poignant observations by a 14 year old non gun owner:
    http://cowboybyte.com/18063/14-year-old-girl-speaks-on-2nd-amendment-rights-in-nh-congress/

  11. Cynthia Galbraith Graves

    Its funny how the article fails to state that Columbine happened during the Clinton assault ban and that crimes commited with rifles actually went down after Bush let it expire. Gun control has never prevented crime, but it has led to more unarmed citizens left defenceless. Obama has even admited the gun laws being passed wont stop gun crime, but as long as they can save one life its wort it hmmmmmm what happenes when that 65 year old man who used to be able to protect himself is left with nothing guess what he is dead. So my question is; is one life worth more than another???????

  12. Jan Williams

    Criminalizing private sales is the dumbest bill to ever hit the floor of the Capitol. That would mean that if Grampa Grunt wants to give Grandson Grunt his old Sears Roebuck .22 rifle without a CBI background check he would become a criminal. Most all of these new bills, state-by-state and at the federal level are a result of near hysterical reporting by the news media, if you can call it 'news.' Seems to me all you need to work for NBC, CBS, ABC or any local affiliate station is a degree in Broadcast EDITORIALISM. And hey, show me a violent gun and I will put it between to slices of bread and eat it. The old bumper sticker is so true: GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.

  13. Scott Book

    Removing firearms from law abiding citizens and forcing them to be dependent upon the police for protection is downright dangerous. Nevertheless, Democrats bet that if new more restrictive laws are put in the books which prohibit the ownership of certain firearms and reduce the number of rounds in magazine, that everyone will obey the laws and there will be less gun crime. In other words, they are betting your inability to protect yourself against a criminal obeying the law.

    Since when do we trust politicians? And since when did our politicians start trusting criminals to obey laws? This is lunacy, and the fact democrats don’t understand that criminals do not obey laws is mind-boggling.

  14. Rose Thompson

    Yes! Yes we did! We learned many things! We learned that a President can usurp the Constitution in several ways! One by prohibiting the Southern states from doing what was their constitutional right to do so. Two, misusing the nation's military to prohibit said states from doing so! Three, turning the milirary against his 'supposed' citizens to prevent their legal secession. Four, forcing a fed up portion of the country to remain so as a means to provide financial support to the rest of the country! So, what exactly did you learn?

  15. Jim Mellema

    Colorado was #1 on our list of western states to relocate to, up until today.
    If these bills are signed, Colorado will drop to number 50.