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Mar 9, 2013 3:38 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colo. campus gun ban spiked by Democratic sponsor

DENVER (AP) - The Democratic sponsor of a bill to ban concealed firearms on colleges in Colorado defeated his own proposal amid strong opposition from Republicans and gun-rights advocates.

Boulder Sen. Rollie Heath on Friday moved to postpone the bill until after the Legislature adjourned for the year, a procedure that kills the bill.

The bill would have banned concealed weapons on public college campuses.

Several victims of college rape had testified against the measure in a Senate committee days earlier. They said that students are vulnerable in areas where law-abiding citizens can't carry concealed weapons.

Heath says a conversation about safety on college campuses still needs to happen, but that he would work on the matter during the coming year.

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