Feb 12, 2013 10:19 PM by Connie Murphy

Colo. Democrats' gun-control bills get first votes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats gave initial approval to expanding background checks on firearm purchases and are considering ammunition limits as the battle over stricter gun laws gets under away at the state Capitol.

A House committee voted 7-4 with Republican opposition on Tuesday to require background checks on private gun sales and online firearm purchases.

The vote came after several hours of testimony from those who say measures are needed to curb gun violence, and people concerned their right to bear arms is being restricted.

Lawmakers were also considering making it a crime to have or sell large-capacity gun magazines. A vote on that proposal was expected Tuesday evening.

The bills are responses to the mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.





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