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Mar 9, 2013 3:43 PM by Juice Godfrey

Democrat defeats own assault weapon liability bill

DENVER (AP) - A divisive proposal to hold sellers and owners of assault weapons liable for damages in Colorado shootings was defeated by the Democratic senator who sponsored it.

The bill was among the most controversial proposed by Democrats as part of a package of proposals setting new restrictions on firearms in the wake of mass shootings.

Senate Democratic President John Morse on Friday moved to have his bill postponed until after the Legislature adjourned for the year, spiking the proposal.

The bill would have set different liability standards for manufacturer, sellers, and owners of assault weapons, with owners having the strictest standard.

Opponents cited several concerns with the bill, including a federal law protects gun makers and sellers from liability for crimes committed with their products.

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