Colo. House Democrats advance gun-control bills

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Colorado Democrats gave initial approval to expanding background checks on firearm purchases and setting ammunition limits as the battle over stricter gun laws got under away at the state Capitol.

A House committee voted Tuesday to require background checks on private gun sales and online firearm purchases, and also a limit on high-capacity magazines. Republicans opposed the measures.

The votes came after more than eight hours of testimony from those who say the measures are needed to curb gun violence, and people concerned that their right to bear arms is being restricted.

It's the beginning of a long fight on a package of Democratic bills that are responses to the mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

Several more votes are needed before the bills become law.