The fight against some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control measures continued in Colorado Monday, where Republicans were to present seven bills in an attempt to overturn legislation on background checks and restrictions on magazine size limits.
SB 86, which would repeal the expanded background check requirement passed in 2013 and ban fees for all background checks, passed the Senate Judiciary on a party line vote.
Backed by gun control groups like Mike Bloomberg’s, Democrats were successful in passing the gun control measures, but were punished by voters who led successful recall efforts against Colorado state Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron. Sen. Evie Hudak resigned later that year in the face of a recall.
The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels writes, “Conventional wisdom says this year’s bills loosening gun restrictions will pass the Republican-controlled Senate and die in the Democratic-controlled House and never land on the governor’s desk. Other GOP gun bills have been introduced or are in the works and will be heard at a later date.”
The first bill to be taken up (and to fail) today would have given owners and operators of businesses open to the public who adopt concealed carry policies immunity from certain civil actions.
Representatives of the League of Women Voters were on hand to oppose the bill.
Legislators are currently hearing arguments on a bill that would allow a person who can legally possess a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado without a permit.
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Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but the House version of the concealed carry legislation that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee was later scuttled by the House committee 6-5 along party lines.